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Bridgewater State Captures the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic Championship; Swarthmore Takes the Consolation

Heather Lewis Springfield, Mass. -- January 2, 2013 -- Led by tournament Most Outstanding Player Michaela Cosby, the Bridgewater State University women's basketball team defeated host Springfield College, 75-51, this afternoon to win the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic at SC's Blake Arena. Swarthmore College defeated Eastern Connecticut State earlier to win the consolation game, 63-46.

2013 Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic All-Tournament Team
Shannon McCourt -- Eastern Connecticut State
Eliza Polli -- Swarthmore
Heather Lewis -- Springfield
Tamara Tribble -- Springfield
Elisha Homich -- Bridgewater State
Michaela Cosby -- Bridgewater State (MOP)

Championship Game -- Bridgewater State 75, Springfield 51

In the afternoon's second game, Bridgewater State parlayed the play of four double-digit scorers to win the women's division of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic over Springfield College, 75-51. Tallying 15 points each were Michaela Cosby and Elisa Homich, while Jenna Williamson and Alana Watkins each scored 12.

With the win, the Bears raised their record to 8-2, while Springfield fell to 2-8.

For the Pride, only freshman Heather Lewis scored in double figures with 15 points.

It was the home team which got off to a good start, as SC led by a count of 7-2 at 3:41 into the game. Lewis scored five of her 15 points in that span.

But a three-point shot by Homich would cut the lead to 9-8. Then Cosby scored the next four points, giving the Bears the lead for good at 12-9.

SC managed to hang around at 21-18 when Jessie Klauer made a jumper with 9:31 left in the half. But that was as close as the Pride would come the rest of the way. Bridgewater State outscored SC, 18-3, through the remainder of the half, and the Bears entered the break with a 39-21 lead.

Williamson had 10 of her 12 points by halftime to lead her squad, while Lewis had eight of her 15 at that juncture for SC.

Andrea Moschetta scored the first hoop of the second half, cutting the margin to 16 (39-23). But when Homich hit two free throws with 10:09 left in the game, the Bears opened up their largest lead at 65-29.

Springfield would make some inroads to whittle the margin to 22 points on a final hoop by Alyssa Unikewicz with 42 seconds left (73-51). But a lay-up by Brittany Deely with nine seconds to go gave the Bears their final spread.

Sandwiched around the halves, Bridgewater State at one point had outscored SC, 40-8.

Homich also had six assists and three steals to go along with her 15 points. She went 4-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Cosby had four assists, one block, and one steal to go along with her 15 points and seven rebounds. She was also 6-of-9 from the floor.

For the game, the Bears shot .456 from the field, and made seven three-pointers. Springfield managed to hit at a .352 clip. Springfield did win the battle of the boards, 46-27, but was charged with 28 turnovers while forcing only 13.

Consolaton Game -- Swarthmore 63, Eastern Connecticut State 46

In the afternoon's first game, Swarthmore raised its record to 8-1, while Eastern Conn fell to 2-9.

The Garnet from Swarthmore were led by three players who scored in double figures. They included Katie Lytle with 17 points (and a game-high eight rebounds), Elle Larsen with 15 points, and Madeline Ross with 14 points (and seven rebounds). Eliza Polli added nine points and three assists.

For the Warriors, Shannon McCourt led with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brianna Leonard added six points and three assists.

Named to the all-tournament team were Swarthmore's Polli and Eastern's McCourt.

Swarthmore never trailed in this contest, and led by as many as 23 points (61-38) with 6:08 remaining in the game. The Garnet led by 16 at the half (39-23).

The score was tied at 2-all at the outset, but Swarthmore took off from there, leading by 12 at 16-4 following a jumper by Jessica Jowdy seven minutes into the game. The Garnet twice led by as many as 16 in the first half.

The closest the Warriors would come in the second half was 11 points (at 39-28) with 18:43 left when McCourt made two free throws.

Swarthmore shot 50 percent from the field in the first half (14-28) and .431 from the floor (25-58) for the game. ECSU shot .388 for the game. ECSU held a 35-33 edge in rebounding overall. A difference came in the turnover department, as ECSU committed 22, while forcing only 13. The Garnet's Kayla Moritzky led all players with five steals.

ECSU's Jill Ritrosky also had seven rebounds.

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