Women's Basketball Clinches NEWMAC Regular Season Title by Defeating Smith, 63-43
. – February 11, 2006 – Erin Schwartz
scored 20 points and added 12 rebounds to spark the Springfield College women’s basketball team to a 63-43 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference victory over Smith College at Smith’s Ainsworth Gymnasium this afternoon. The win allows Springfield to clinch the NEWMAC regular season title outright.
It is the third straight year that Springfield can claim a NEWMAC regular-season crown, although in 2004-05 it was shared.
With the win, Springfield raises its record to 18-5 overall and stays perfect at 11-0 in NEWMAC play, while Smith falls to 6-15 overall and 1-10 in the conference. Springfield has now won 13 of its last 14.
, a 6-0 senior center from Milford, Conn. and Joseph A. Foran HS, scored 20 points, making 10-of-17 shots from the field. Her 12 rebounds were a game-high. She also had 1 block and is now just one shy of tying the Springfield College career mark for blocks. Schwartz has 199. The career mark of 200 is held by Janna Dietz (1999-2003).
Springfield received balanced scoring from its other four starters this afternoon, needed as two of its regular starters were missing from the line-up, including leading scorer Courtney Parvin
, a senior forward from Brackney, Pa. and Montrose Area HS (due to attending a funeral), and LaToya Franklin
, a junior guard from Latham, N.Y. and Shaker HS (due to illness).
Behind Schwartz, freshman center Lauren O’Connor ((Valhalla, N.Y., Valhalla HS)
scored 12 points and added 10 rebounds. She was 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. In addition, sophomore guard Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass./Braintree HS)
, normally a top reserve, also scored 12 points. Sophomore guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton HS
) tallied 10 points and added 3 assists. And sophomore guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I./LaSalle Academy)
had 8 points (she was 8-of-8 from the free throw line).
For Smith, Helena Charron (Pittsfield, N.H.) was the only double-figure scorer with 10 points.
Springfield found itself trailing at the half, 26-25. But in the first 10 minutes of the second half, SC outscored the Pioneers, 19-3, and never looked back. Schwartz scored 12 of her 20 in that half, as SC outscored Smith, 38-17, as a team. SC outrebounded Smith, 44-33. As a team, Springfield shot .377 (20-of-53). Smith shot .278 (15-of-54).
Up next, Springfield will host Clark on Tuesday (Feb. 14) at 7 pm.
Head Coach Naomi Graves
Entering her 23rd season as head coach in 2013-14, Naomi Graves has directed her squads to an impressive 323-260 record (.554 winning percentage) since joining the Division III ranks in 1995. Graves has led the Pride to 12 post-season bids in the past 17 years, including five berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
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