WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Williams College women's basketball (1-2) team lost to the Springfield Pride (2-3) 63-50. This is the Eph's second loss of the season.
Williams' Maggie Meehan '21 led in scoring for any player of the game (15 points, one assist), with Gabby Martin '21 scoring the second most points for the Ephs and the most rebounds for the team (12 points, eight rebounds, one assist). Three Springfield players were tied to top scorer on their team with 13 points apiece: Chelsea McAllister, Amanda Carr, and Grace Restituyo (nine rebounds). Alex Goslin had the most assists for the Pride with four.
Even with the Ephs winning the tip-off, the first points of the game went to the Pride, made by Alex Goslin sinking a three-pointer. Free throws by junior Katie Brule put the Ephs on the board, quickly followed by sophomore Mikaela Topper making a three-point jump shot. The teams battled over the lead for the remainder of the quarter, with Williams taking a slight lead with around a minute and a half to go. At 34 seconds on the clock, a layup by Gabby Martin put the Ephs up 12-8 with a layup, and then boosted Williams to 14-8 before the clock ran out.
The rest of the half saw the teams neck-in neck with a difference of three or less for most of the quarter. Springfield's McAllister and Carr grabbed six points each for the Pride; Williams' Meehan seized four, while Emily Chang '20 acquired three. At the last minute and a half, when Springfield's Chelsea McAllister and Amanda Carr sunk a jump shot and a three-pointer respectively, putting Springfield up 28-23 at halftime.
The majority of the third quarter saw little movement in scoring due to the strong defense from both teams. However, the Pride took the lead due to their aggressive offense to bring them into an 11-point lead by the end of the quarter 38-29. The rest of the game was much of the same, with Springfield only increasing their lead with a large amount of three-point shots. Gabby Martin and Megan Meehan of Williams fought back, scoring seven and six points for the Ephs respectively. However, this was not enough to overtake the Pride, who raced ahead to win 63-50 over Williams.
"We had played at a certain level over the weekend and we just didn't have that same level of intensity that we needed," said head coach Pat Manning. "To Springfield's credit, they fought hard and we didn't respond well."
The Ephs will next play at Eastern Connecticut State at 3:00 on Sunday, November 25th.