Springfield Pulls Away from Mustangs in Fourth

Springfield Pulls Away from Mustangs in Fourth

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Springfield College outscored Stevenson University 29-16 over the final 10 minutes to pull away for a 75-59 victory in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 ECAC Division III Women's Basketball Championship Friday afternoon at Henry Memorial Gymnasium.  Springfield (20-8) advances to Saturday's semifinal round.

Stevenson (17-12) was led by 20 points from junior Jonyae Curry.  She finished 7-12 from the floor and 6-7 at the free throw line for her fifth 20-plus point game of the season.  Freshman Olivia Coleman totaled 11 points on 4-5 shooting while also blocking four shots, while senior Kristine Tennyson chipped in with eight points.

The Pride placed five players in double figures, led by Alex Goslin's 18 points and six rebounds.  Gracie Restituyo (16 points 10, rebounds) and Heather King (12 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles.

Stevenson trailed 46-43 entering the fourth quarter after freshman Denia Campbell banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer, but a 7-0 run by Springfield to start the fourth put it up 53-43 with 8:10 left on a Restituyo basket.  The Mustangs were held to just one field goal in the first five-plus minutes of the period, allowing the Pride to open up a 63-48 lead with 4:32 on the clock.  The Mustangs made one final push, using a 7-1 spurt to pull within 10, 67-57, on a pair of Curry free throws with 2:29 left, but got no closer.

 A Curry layup just over six minutes into the game gave the Mustangs an early 14-8 lead.  An 8-0 Springfield run put the Pride on top 16-14 at the 1:21 mark, but the lead was short-lived as freshman Brandi Hall tied things up with 52 seconds remaining, and the two teams entered the second quarter deadlocked 16-16.  Stevenson never trailed in the second quarter and opened up a 27-19 lead on a Tennyson basket 3:16 before halftime.  The Mustangs took a 29-26 lead into the locker room.

Springfield took a 32-31 lead with 6:31 left in the third on a Restituyo basket, but a layup by Curry 20 seconds later gave the lead back to the Mustangs. The Pride took a 44-35 lead with 2:21 left before Stevenson closed on an 8-2 run to pull within three heading into the final frame.

Springfield shot 49% for the game and was 16-21 from the free throw line while holding Stevenson to 36.8% shooting, with the Mustangs going 14-20 at the charity stripe.  The Pride held a 42-26 rebounding advantage.  Stevenson committed just 13 turnovers, tied for its fourth-lowest total of the season, while forcing 16 Pride giveaways.

Stevenson was making its fifth straight postseason appearance.