SPRINGFIELD – While the Springfield College campus was empty and residence halls had closed for Thanksgiving break, Blake Arena was full of life. The Springfield College women’s basketball team took on NESCAC opponent Williams College. In the end, the Pride fell to the Ephs by a score of 68-46.
The Pride were able to get off to a brief lead, as Alex Goslin drained a deep field goal to start the game. However, it was short lived. Williams went on a 14-point run to close the quarter, with Springfield only scoring three points in that time. The Pride struggled to get shots to drop, shooting 28.6 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes.
“We couldn’t get our press going against this team, because they’re pretty athletic,” Head Coach Naomi Graves said. “Against Vassar we could get our press going, get more of a running game, get more energy. We’ve got to get easier offense. We need to control tempo, because they can shoot.”
Springfield was able to gain some momentum in the second quarter, and held Williams to just two points for the first six and a half minutes. However, the Ephs managed to pick up eight points in the last three and a half of the quarter. They prevented the Pride from ever taking back the lead, despite bringing it within two points on three occasions. Springfield went into halftime trailing 22-26.
The Pride broke from their huddle with a loud “DEFENSE” before taking the court for the third quarter. Though, Williams took the momentum back offensively. Springfield chipped away at the Ephs’ lead, but Williams hit seven 3-pointers, shooting 46.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Pride held on, led by Goslin, who put up nine of Springfield’s 17 points in the third quarter. The senior finished the night leading the team with a total of 14.
“Alex, we got open, and we ran our sets, it looked better, but we can’t score in our sets. That’s the problem,” Graves said. “So then you say, ‘Well, we need to do something,’ it’s just, it’s really frustrating right now.”
Williams continued to shoot deep and the points added up quickly. The Pride only scored one point in the opening 6:18 of the fourth quarter, until Goslin drained a 3-pointer. Springfield was outscored 22-7 in the final 10 minutes of play, and shot 12.5 percent from the field, as Graves referred to the shot selections as “desperation offense.” In the end, Williams defeated Springfield 68-46, marking the Pride’s fourth consecutive loss of the season.
“I think we’re struggling in scoring and when we in struggle in scoring, then we struggle in stops,” Graves said. “Last year’s team, we were passionate about stops. We didn’t score as much, but we were still playing defense. This year, we don’t have both ends, so that’s a problem, especially when we’re playing a good team like Williams.
“And then the fight, you know, I think the fight is there when it’s easy. But when it gets hard, they don’t hold true to what they need to do.”
Graves feels like the team will “be okay,” and indicated that the Pride just need to get a win. Though, she knows their schedule isn’t letting up anytime soon.
Next, Springfield will host Stevens Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Blake Arena.