NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Gracie Restituyo had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds leading Springfield to a 71-61 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Junior Alex Goslin added 16 points, freshman Grace Dzindolet had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench and junior Taylor Hall finished with 10 points for the Pride.
Junior Breanna Wood led Coast Guard with a career-high 16 points, junior Zoe Riis-Fallica added 14 and freshman Kyra Hartman finished with 13 points for the Bears.
Springfield improves to 15-9 overall and 11-4 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 7-17 overall and 5-10 in conference play. Coast Guard sits in a tie with WPI for the seventh and final NEWMAC tournament spot with one game to go. The Bears will need to beat MIT and Babson will need to beat WPI for the Bears to qualify.
The Pride led 15-14 after one quarter. Coast Guard would use a 9-2 second quarter run to take a 28-22 on a basket by Hartman with 3:43 left. The Pride would use a 10-3 run and lead 32-31 at the break.
Springfield started the third quarter on a 10-2 run taking a 42-33 lead with 6:24 left in the quarter and led 52-41 after three.
The Pride led 62-53 following a 3-pointer by freshman Grace Dzindolet with 3:38 left before the Bears scored six of the next seven cutting the deficit to 63-59 with 2:09 left.
Restituyo's bucket with 1:09 left pushed the lead to 65-59 and the Pride made six free throws in the final 33 seconds to ice the game.
Springfield shot 36.8 percent from the floor (25-68) while making 5 of 19 from 3-point range while Coast Guard shot it well hitting 48.8 percent from the field (21-43) and shot a season best 55 percent from behind the arc, making a season-high 11 of 20.
The Pride dominated the boards outrebounding the Bears 41-24 with 23 offensive rebounds.
The Bears close out the regular season on Saturday at home against MIT at 1:00.