Springfield, Mass. – December 31, 2013 - The Springfield College women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five games, opening up the 2014 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic with a 62-37 win over Maine Maritime in Blake Arena on Tuesday.
From the end of the first half to the start of the second, the Pride scored 18 unanswered points spanning 10:28, including a 13-0 run to start the second half. At that point, Springfield led 39-24 with 12:01 left in the game.
In the 19th annual tournament, the Pride advance to the championship game for the third straight year. Springfield will take on Drew on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Springfield’s last tournament title was in 2012.
Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) earned her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. The junior was one of four Springfield players to put up double-digit points. Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was the game's leading scorer with 14 points, Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.) had a big game with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) put up 11 points for the Pride.
Tribble had a great game on both sides of the ball for the Pride, adding six steals to go along with her 13 points and nine rebounds.
Springfield improves to 6-3 on the season while Maine Maritime drops to 4-5.
Maine Maritime’s Alex Winchester (Hampden, Maine) got the Mariners on the board first in the opening minutes, but Tribble answered right back, tying it up on the other end of the court.
With 15 minutes left in the first, Lewis tied it up 6-6, sinking both of her free throws after being fouled in the paint.
With 12 minutes left in the half, Andrea Moschetta (Harrison, N.Y.) gave a nice feed on the outside to Dina Pitsas (Milford, N.H.), who drove in for the basket, forcing the Mariners to call a timeout with a 10-8 lead.
Four minutes later, Maine Maritime’s Kari Jones (Nobleboro, Maine) drained a three-pointer to give the Mariners a five point lead. Cheyenne Malloy (Norridgewock, Maine) followed that up with a three of her own on the next possession and the Mariners jumped out to a 20-12 lead with 7:27 left in the half.
Maine Maritime went on a 10-0 run, to take a 22-12 lead in the half, but that was ended by Tribble who converted a basket in the paint to come within eight points.
The Pride put together a run of its own, highlighted by a three-pointer by Windwer making it a one-point game with 4:17 left in the first. The Mariners led 22-21.
Windwer drained a deep three-pointer as time expired in the first half, giving the Pride a 26-24 advantage heading into the locker room, its first lead of the game.
Bickelhaupt opened up the second half with a quick jumper to give the Pride a 28-24 lead in the opening seconds. Springfield went on a 7-0 run to start the half before the Mariners called timeout with 16:50 left in the game. Springfield led 33-24.
Springfield kept up the momentum after the timeout, though, extending the run to 13-0, forcing the Mariners to use another timeout, leading 38-24 with 12:18 left in the game. The Pride pushed the lead to 15 points before Malloy ended the drought for Maine Maritime with 12:01 left in the game, sinking both of her free throws to make it a 39-26 game.
Springfield cruised in the second half, scoring nine unanswered points over three minutes to take a 50-29 lead, ended by Kristi Willey (Topsham, Maine) who laid it in with 7:39 left in the game.
The Pride outscored Maine Maritime by a 36-13 margin in the second half. For the game, Springfield shot 25-of-64 (39.1%) from the field, 4-of-10 (40%) from behind the arc and 8-of-14 (57.1%) from the foul line, Maine Maritime shot 12-of-39 (30.8%) from the field, just 3-of-20 (15%) from three and 10-of-17 (58.8%) from the foul line. The Pride forced 25 Maine Maritime turnovers in the game.
The Mariners were led by Jones with a team-high nine points. Malloy added seven points while Leah Jackson (Dedham, Maine) pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and had six points.
Moschetta finished with five points and six assists for the Pride while Pitsas added three points. Emily Taylor (West Springfield, Mass.) and Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla.) each added two points apiece.
DREW 55, COLBY 45:
The Drew University women’s basketball team earned a 55-45 win over Colby College in the opening round of the 2014 Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on Tuesday in Blake Arena.
Drew advances to the championship game to take on host Springfield on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Colby will play against Maine Maritime at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.
Drew was led by Hannah Miller (Rumson, N.J.) with a team-high 14 points. Erin Howard (Tolland, Conn.) added 11 points and five rebounds.
Colby's Desi Smith (Watertown, Wis.) had a double-double with a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) also scored in double-digit figures with 10 points.
Drew improves to 7-2 on the season with the win while Colby drops its sixth-straight to a record of 3-7 on the year.
Colby scored six unanswered points to start the game, until Drew’s Courtney Stephens (Pikesville, Md.) got the Rangers on the board with a basket in the paint, four minutes in.
With 11 minutes left in the first, Colby jumped out to a 12-7 lead on a basket by Jen Nale (Waterville, Maine). The Mules pushed the lead to nine points (20-11) with six minutes left in the half, but Drew put together an 8-0 run to make it a one-point game. Chandor ended Colby’s three minutes scoreless drought to give the Mules a 22-19 lead with 3:24 left in the first.
Drew finally took its first lead of the game, 23-22, on a basket by Brianna Reich (Sea Bright, N.J.) with just 1:40 left in the first, but it wouldn’t last long. Colby finished out the half with two free throws by Mia Diplock (Vienna, Maine) and a layup from Smith to take a 26-24 lead into the locker room.
Miller opened up the second half with a three-pointer for Drew, taking back the lead, 27-26. Miller knocked down a jumper on the next possession to take a three-point lead.
Miller had a big second half, knocking down a huge three-pointer with 9:05 left in the game for a 44-37 lead and Howard scored on the next possession to give the Rangers a 46-37 lead, their largest of the game.
Drew shot 21-of-59 (35.6%) from the field, 3-of-12 (25%) from three and 10-of-13 (76.9%) from the foul line. The Rangers scored 23 of their points off turnovers.
Colby shot 17-of-57 (29.8%) from the field, 2-of-18 (11.1%) from behind the arc and 9-of-15 (60%) from the foul line.