SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Colby College’s Haley Driscoll broke a school record with eight blocked shots, but Springfield College hit two late free throws to hold on for a 61-60 win on Sunday in the Springfield Women’s Basketball Classic.
The Mules drop to 5-4 overall, while the Pride moves to 9-2 overall. While the game was previously scheduled, Colby and Springfield both won Saturday to set up a championship game.
By the numbers
* Driscoll had a monster game with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting, a game-high 14 rebounds, and three assists. The eight blocked shots broke the old Colby record of seven, held by Beth Montgomery ’93 (twice) and Alison Cappelloni ’10. Driscoll made the all-tournament team and would likely have been the tourney MVP with a Colby win.
* Paige Russell added 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field, including a big jumper with 16 seconds remaining to give the Mules a 60-59 lead. Ainsley Burns added 10 points, Katie McCrum had eight points and a game-high seven assists to make the all-tournament team., and Sarah Hancock was 3-for-4 from 3-point range for nine points.
* The Mules held Springfield to just 34.7 shooting, but the Pride stayed in the game with a 47-32 rebounding edge.
* Springfield had all five starters in double figures, including Heather King with 16 points.
* The Mules trailed 52-41 after three quarters, but had a 19-9 scoring margin in the final 10 minutes.
* Colby’s defense held the Pride without a field goal for the final 6:17 of the game. The Mules trailed 59-49 until an 11-0 scoring run put Colby up 60-59. Driscoll had inside baskets to cut the margin to 59-58 with 2:21 to play. Neither team managed a point until Russell hit her jumper with 16 seconds to play.
* Springfield finally scored some points when Alex Goslin was fouled with six seconds remaining and nailed both free throws to give her team the lead. The Mules quickly got the ball up the court, but missed on a 12-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer.