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Tribble's Career Game Lifts Women's Basketball Over Mount Holyoke, 66-57

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Springfield, Mass. -- January 18, 2012 -- Kelly Slattery scored 19 points and Tamara Tribble scored a career-best 18 points, shooting 8-for-8 from the field, in leading the Springfield College women's basketball team to a 66-57 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference victory over Mount Holyoke College this evening at Blake Arena. The win was the Pride's eighth in its last 10 games.

With the win, Springfield is now 10-6 overall, 6-3 in the NEWMAC. The Lyons fall to 3-12 overall, 1-8 in the conference.

Slattery, a senior forward and co-captain from Somers, Conn., tallied 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half. But it was Tribble, a sophomore forward from White Plains, N.Y., who produced above and beyond her normal fare. Tribble played 35 minutes and came up with a team-high nine rebounds and those 18 points. Moreover, she was perfect from the field, going 8-for-8, all of which were from within the lane.

Also scoring in double figures for the Pride were senior guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) and junior guard Colleen Dignum (Albany, N.Y.) with 12 points each. Murphy also had five assists and four steals. And senior guard Andrea Butler (Cohoes, N.Y.) came up with a game-high seven assists and two steals.

For Mount Holyoke, three players scored in double figures. They were junior guard Angelica Pascual (Lawrence, Mass.) with 16 points, senior guard Christine Chancy (Miami, Fla.) with 14, and freshman forward Amber Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) with 11. Legare also had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Both teams shot well overall, especially in the first half. In that half, SC shot .500 (14-of-28), Mount Holyoke .476 (10-of-21). Each team also shot very well from 3-point range in that first stanza. SC shot .500 (3-of-6), the Lyons also shot .500 (4-of-8).

The Pride opened up an early 7-2 lead after Murphy buried a jump shot just under two minutes into the contest.But the Lyons responded with an 8-2 run, capped off by a 3-pointer in rhythm by Pascual with 16:22 left on the clock. That gave the Lyons their only lead of the game at 10-9.

The Pride then scored the game’s next eight points as consecutive lay-ups from Tribble gave Springfield a 17-10 advantage at the 11:26 mark. Chancy then netted five straight points to bring the Lyons to within two. That would be as close as Mount Holyoke would get the rest of the half.

Springfield’s lead grew to as much as eight after a three from the wing by junior guard Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) with 1:06 on the clock. That made the score 31-23 for SC. Chancy would then go on to score the final four points of the half as Springfield went into the locker room up 31-27.

In the second half, SC's lead never reached double digits, but Mount Holyoke could never take the lead or tie it. The closest it came was at 44-43 with 11:26 left on a Pascual lay-up. The Pride, however, scored the next eight points, four of which came from Tribble. And with 9:08 left, SC led 52-43.

It was a 6-to-9 point game the rest of the way.

Springfield out-rebounded Mount Holyoke, 33-30. The Lyons turned it over 17 times, while forcing only 12 turnovers.

Up next, SC is at Wheaton Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm.

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