Springfield College overwhelms Westfield State to remain perfect

Westfield State University women’s basketball sophomore guard Olivia Hadla, of Westfield seeks an opening in the Springfield College defense Thursday evening. (CHRIS PUTZ/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD – The undefeated Springfield College Pride women’s basketball team defeated the Westfield State Owls, 93-59, at the Woodward Center on Thursday.
Springfield remained perfect on the season, improving to 8-0 with the non-conference win. The Pride are currently receiving votes in the WBCA and National Poll. Westfield State slipped to 1-6.
Springfield jumped in front early and controlled the game throughout. The Pride’s size advantage proved too much for the Owls, outrebounding Westfield 61-36 and scoring 62 points in the paint while only allowing four. The Pride finished the day shooting 51% from the field.
Three players for the Pride posted double-doubles in a very balanced offensive attack. Sam Hourihan (Bridgewater/Coyle and Cassidy) posted an impressive stat line of 17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots. Sidney Wentland (Elk River, Minn.) grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and added 14 points while Rachel Vinton (Rutland/Wachusett Regional) posted 15 points and dished out 11 assists. Stephanie Lyons (Boston/Thayer Academy) was a blistering 9-14 from the field on her way to a team leading 19 points.
The Owls were led by Melissa Gray (Peabody) who was 5-11 beyond the arc for 19 points. Gray grabbed a team leading nine rebounds and picked up seven steals in the setback. Paris Wilkey (Lynn Classical) was the only other Owl to register double digit points with 12.
Westfield State sophomore guard Olivia Hadla, of Westfield had five rebounds and three steals.
Westfield State stays at home this weekend hosting Mitchell College on Saturday, Dec. 4 with a noon tip. Springfield College is idle over the weekend then hosts Worcester State on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. – Courtesy of Westfield State University Sports

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