Bears Drop NEWMAC Opener

Zoe Riis-Fallica
Zoe Riis-Fallica

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –  Alex Goslin had a game-high 27 points leading Springfield to a 80-69 win over Coast Guard in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams played at Western New England University.

Emma Puddington led the Bears with 19 points while Kyra Hartman added 15 points and Zoe Riis-Fallica added a season-high 13 points for Coast Guard. Branyelle Carillo led the Bears with 10 rebounds.

Coast Guard drops to 11-5 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC while the Pride improve to 10-7 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The Bears shot 40.7 percent (22-54) while making 8 of 21 from 3-point range while the Pride shot 33.8 percent (24-71) and connected on six of 18 from behind the arc. The Pride outrebounded Coast Guard 48-37 with 21 offensive rebounds.

Springfield jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes, but the Bears would use an 8-3 run to end the quarter and trailed 17-16 after one.

The Pride would score the first seven points of the second quarter to open up a 24-16 lead with 8:20 left in the half. Springfield led 39-30 at halftime.

Springfield led 60-50 with 1:30 left in the third quarter before the Bears scored the final six cutting the deficit to 60-56 after three quarters.

Zoe Riis-Fallica's jumper with 8:10 left pulled the Bears to within two at 62-60, but the Bears would miss 10 straight field goals as the Pride used an 11-1 run taking a 73-61 lead with 1:24 left.

Gosslin was six for six from the foul line in the span of 27 seconds down the stretch to put the game away. She was 12 for 14 from the line in the win.

The Bears are back action on Wednesday when travel to Wellesley for a NEWMAC game at 7:00.


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