Springfield tops women's basketball 58-43 at Naismith Classic

First-year Ariana Dalia paced bates with 10 points on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the Naismith Classic against Springfield College. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Bates women's basketball team held Springfield College to 0-11 shooting from three but the Pride did their damage inside the arc, defeating Bates 58-43 Monday afternoon in the opening round of the Naismith Classic.

The Bobcats (3-4) will take on Newbury College in the consolation game of the Naismith Classic Tuesday at 1pm. 

Springfield (7-4) shot 26-for-55 (47.3%) on the afternoon and was led by Emily Jacques with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Gracie Restituyo finished with 14 points and eight boards. Alex Goslin also had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Off the bench, Allie Brennan played 18 minutes and had four points and four rebounds.

Bates (3-4), which was limited to 14-for-49 (28.6%) from the field, was led by first-year Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.), who had 10 points, while first-year Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) chipped in with seven points, five assists and two steals.

Springfield owned a 39-29 advantage on the glass, while the Pride outscored Bates 40-10 in the paint. 

Springfield's Taylor Hall scored the game's first basket, before Bates answered with three points of its own, capped by a free throw from sophomore Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) at the 7:42 mark of the first quarter. With 5:24 to play, Goslin converted a lay-up, before Jacques followed with one of her own, but Bates responded with back-to-back baskets from Dalia and sophomore Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) to take an 8-6 advantage. From there, Springfield's Amanda Carr and Restituyo converted their chances to give the Pride a 10-8 advantage, before Jacques pushed Springfield's lead to four with a left-handed lay-up to make it 12-8. Bates ended the quarter on a basket from junior Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.), trimming the Pride lead to two.

Jacques and Restitutyo converted back-to-back lay-ups to kick off the second quarter, opening a six-point lead, before Binkhorst canned a three-pointer to pull Bates back to within three. A basket from Goslin with 6:12 to play in the first half sparked a 6-0 run for the Pride, as a tough lay-up from Restituyo with 4:48 to play gave Springfield a nine-point lead. From there, Bates scored consecutive baskets to cut its deficit to five, before another basket from Restituyo at the 3:24 mark pushed the Pride's lead back to seven, making it 26-19. A lay-up from Dalia made it a five-point, 26-21 game at the break.

Jacques opened the second half with a lay-up which was followed by baskets from Goslin and Restituyo, giving the Pride a 32-23 lead at the 5:53 mark of the third quarter, before a pair of free throws from first-year Amaari Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) cut the Bobcats' deficit to seven. Jacques answered with a lay-up at the 3:05 mark of the frame, before draining a deep jumper to push Springfield's lead to 11, making it 36-25. After Bates senior captain Erika Lamere (Weston, Mass.) hit a three to pull the visitors back to within eight, Brennan and Grace Dzindolet converted their chances to open up an 11-point, 40-29 advantage for the Pride heading to the fourth.

A quarter-opening lay-up Restituyo on a great feed from Goslin opened a 13-point lead for the Pride, but Bates pulled back to within nine following baskets from Graff and Williams, before Jacques knocked down a jumper and followed with a tough lay-up in transition to push her total to 18 points, giving the Pride a 48-35 lead with 5:17 to play. From there, Bridget Reddington and Brennan each make lay-ups, and Goslin sealed the game for Springfield with five free throws down the stretch.