South Hadley, Mass. - January 25, 2020 - The Mount Holyoke College basketball team fell to visiting Springfield College, 75-17, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Howard Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the Lyons was junior forward Annika Brooks (Portland, Maine), who posted 10 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes of play, while Ellie Hayward (Westmoreland, N.H.) posted five points to go along with one rebound and one assist.
Springfield College got on the board first when Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) made a lay-up, got fouled, and converted the three-point play, but the basket was quickly answered by a lay-up from Brooks to get the Lyons on the board. Springfield would go on to take a 12-2 lead before Hayward canned a three at the 4:40 mark to pull Mount Holyoke back to within seven. Kyra Sanborn-Burch (Tariffville, Conn.) hit two free throws with 42 seconds remaining to give the Lyons seven prior to the end of the frame.
The Lyons added to their point total with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter as Hayward converted another lay-up, before Brooks made a lay-up of her own with 8:45 left in the fourth frame. Brooks would go on to make another basket at the 6:57 mark, before nailing a jumper with 3:29 remaining to give the Lyons 15. With 21 seconds remaining, Brooks would produce another basket to round out the scoring for Mount Holyoke College.
With the loss, the Lyons are now 1-17 on the year with an 0-3 mark against NEWMAC opponents. The win brings the Pride to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in league play. Mount Holyoke College was 7-for-51 (13.7%) from the floor in the setback, while Springfield shot 31-for-55 (56.4%) in the victory.
Up next, Mount Holyoke College will host Coast Guard in NEWMAC play on Wednesday, January 29. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.