DeSales Wins Holiday Inn Naismith Women's Basketball Classic
, Jan. 4, 2004 -- DeSales (Pa.) University senior point guard Amy Yencho (Bethlehem, Pa.) scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds on the way to most valuable player honors as the Bulldogs beat Springfield College, 74-44, to win the 9th Annual Holiday Inn-Naismith Women’s Basketball Classic tonight in Blake Arena.
Yencho had nine points, four assists and no turnovers in the Bulldogs’ 61-55 first-round win over The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on Saturday. Junior guard Alyssa Antolick (Bethlehem, Pa.) added 13 points tonight and was voted to the all-tournament team. She had 18 points against TCNJ.
For Springfield, senior guard Kelly McOmber (Woodbury, Conn.)
and junior forward Kacey Wunsch (Londonderry, N.H.)
were all-tournament team choices. Freshman guard LaToya Franklin (Latham, N.Y.)
led the Pride (5-4) with a career-high 14 points tonight.
The Bulldogs (6-2) out-rebounded SC, 42-25, including 17-4 on the offensive glass. The 17 offensive boards led to 19 second-chance points for DeSales. The Bulldogs also shot 64 percent (16-25 FG) in the second half.
Bates 86, TCNJ 63
Bates junior forward Olivia Zurek (Arlington, Mass.) registered a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Bobcats defeated The College of New Jersey, 86-63, in the consolation game.
Zurek, who had 14 points and nine rebounds against Springfield in the first round, was named to the all-tournament team. Senior forward Lauren Dubois (Beverly, Mass.) added 20 points and tied a Holiday Inn-Naismith Classic record with six three-point field goals, and junior guard Heather Taylor (Nobleboro, Maine) had 12 points and nine assists. The Bobcats (5-4) shot 55.6 percent from the floor (35-63 FG), which is also a Classic record.
Senior forward Laura Mala (Ridgewood, N.J.) was one of three players to score 11 points for TCNJ (4-3). She named to the all-tournament team after averaging 13.5 points in two games.
Holiday Inn-Naismith Women’s Basketball Classic (Springfield College)
Saturday, Jan. 3
Springfield 75, Bates 58
DeSales 61, The College of New Jersey 55
Sunday, Jan. 4
Consolation: Bates 86, The College of New Jersey 63
Championship: DeSales 74, Springfield 44
Laura Mala, TCNJ
Olivia Zurek, Bates
Kelly McOmber, Springfield
Kacey Wunsch, Springfield
Alyssa Antolick, DeSales
Most Valuable Player:
Amy Yencho, DeSales
Head Coach Naomi Graves
Entering her 22nd season as head coach in 2012-13, Naomi Graves has directed her squads to an impressive 306-156 record (.662 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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