NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Heather King had 18 points and 10 rebounds leading Springfield to a 64-53 win over Coast Guard in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
Springfield improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Pride scored the final nine points of the third quarter to begin a 17-2 run turning a 38-35 deficit with 2:37 left in the third into a 52-40 lead with 6:18 left in the game. King and sophomore Emily Jacques each had six points in the run.
Coast Guard would make a late run by scoring seven straight capped on a layup by senior Gillian Gerton cutting the lead to 54-49 with 2:20 left before an old fashion 3-point play by sophomore Alex Goslin with 2:07 left made the score 57-49. The Pride would make 5-of-6 from the foul line in the final 1:09 to ice the game.
Jacques (11) and junior Chelsea McAllister (10) both finished with double figures for Springfield. Jacques added a game-high six assists while junior Gracie Restituyo finished with a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.
Junior Micaela Martinelli led the Bears with 14 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Breanna Wood finished with a career-high 13 points off the bench.
Springfield shot 37.3 percent in the win (25-67) while making 3 of 16 from behind the arc. The Bears were 20 of 59 from the floor (33.9 percent) and hit 4 of 17 from 3-point range. The Pride held a 47-37 edge on the boards with 17 offensive rebounds.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears host Emerson in a NEWMAC game at 1:00.
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