SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – January 2, 2006 – Jackie Powers scored 18 points and was named MVP, as Bates College defeated Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas, 76-71 in overtime in the championship game of the Holiday Inn-Naismith Women’s Basketball Classic at Springfield’s Blake Arena this evening.
With the win, Bates raises its record to 6-5 while Trinity (TX) falls to 8-2. The loss halts an 8-game win streak for the Tigers. Earlier today, in the consolation game, host Springfield College defeated St. Lawrence, 62-60, also in overtime.
Bates thought it had it won in regulation. With 10 seconds left, and leading by a point, Bates sophomore guard Sarah Barton (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth HS) made the first of two free throws. But she missed the second. The ball changed hands on turnovers twice more before Trinity junior guard Kate Dawson (Brownsville, Texas/St. Joseph Academy) banked home a 17-foot jumper from the right of the key to tie matters as the buzzer sounded at 64-all.
In the overtime, Bates junior center Meg Coffin (Westford, Mass./Phillips Andover) made two free throws with 4:26 remaining to give the Bobcats a 66-64 lead. Powers, a freshman guard from Andover, Mass. and Andover HS, then made a rare 4-point play (a 3-pointer, plus the free throw) with 2:54 left for what proved to be a difference-maker. The closest Trinity could get thereafter was 3 at 74-71 when junior guard Beth Hannon (Denver, Colo./J.K. Mullin) hit a 3-pointer. But there were only 20 seconds remaining. Powers finished off the scoring with two free throws with 14 seconds left.
Following Powers 18, three others scored in double figures for Bates. They included Barton with 14 points (and 4 assists), Coffin with 13 points (and a game-high 15 rebounds), and sophomore forward Matia Kostakis (Andover, Mass./Andover HS) with 10 points (and 9 rebounds).
For Trinity of Texas, there were four double-figure scorers, including freshman center Krista Prato Matthews (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) with 15 points (and a team-high 12 rebounds), junior forward Jennifer Wieman (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS) with 15 points (7-of-11 from the field), Hannon with 12 points (and 5-of-6 from the field), and sophomore center Martha King (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook HS) with 12 points (and 8 rebounds).
Bates College shot just .338 from the floor (24-of-71), while Trinity shot .425 (31-of-73). Trinity also outrebounded Bates, 56-48. But Trinity committed 31 turnovers to Bates’ 26.
The 2006 Holiday Inn-Naismith All-Tournament Team:
Jackie Powers (MVP), Bates
Meg Coffin, Bates
Beth Hannon, Trinity (TX)
Martha King, Trinity (TX)
Courtney Parvin, Springfield
Nora Curley, St. Lawrence