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Western Connecticut Wins Women's Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic, 59-37, Over Host Springfield; Wesleyan Topples Colby-Sawyer, 58-47, in Consolation

2010 Hamton Inn/Naismith Classic All-Tournament Team Springfield/WCSU Box Score

Championship Game -- Western Connecticut 59, Springfield 37

Springfield, Mass. -- January 3, 2010 -- Melissa Teel scored 8 points, and added a tournament record 21 rebounds in leading her Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team to a 59-37 victory over host Springfield College in the women's championship game of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic this evening at Springfield College's Blake Arena. In the consolation game, Melanie Ferdinand scored 16 points to lead her Wesleyan University team to a 58-47 victory over Colby-Sawyer College.

Named to the All-Tournament Team were Melissa Teel (MVP) and Katie Moffo of Western Connecticut, Kelly Murphy and Kelly Slattery of Springfield, Melanie Ferdinand of Wesleyan, and Katelyn Stravinsky of Colby-Sawyer.

Teel, a junior center from Hamden, Conn., grabbed 21 rebounds in today's contest. That broke a two-year old record set by Springfield's Lauren O'Connor when she pulled down 20 versus William Paterson on January 4, 2008. Teel also had 5 blocks and 2 steals.

Others who performed extremely well for the winners included senior forward Katie Moffo (Southington, Conn.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and junior guard Heather Lee (Seymour, Conn.) with 14 points and 2 steals.

For Springfield, sophomore forward Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) was the only player in double figures with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 assist.

WCSU led 25-15 at the half. Teel had 12 rebounds in that stanza. Springfield led only once at 2-0 on a lay-up by Slattery. But when Heather Lee hit a jumper with 14:43 left, putting the Colonials up 4-2, WCSU had the lead for good. The Colonials led by as many as 12 twice in that stanza.

A lay-up by sophomore guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) and two free throws by Slattery with 18:40 to go cut WCSU's edge to six points at 25-19. But that was as close as the Pride would come. A three-point play by Teel with 2:42 to go put the Colonials up by 28 at 59-31 for the game's largest lead.

Neither team shot particularly well. SC shot .294 from the field, while WCSU shot .303. The Colonials outrebounded the Pride, 45-39. WCSU shot well from 3-point range (.333), particularly in the second half (.500 at 6-of-12).

Consolation Game -- Wesleyan 58, Colby-Sawyer 47

Wesleyan/Colby-Sawyer Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- January 3, 2010 -- Melanie Ferdinand scored 16 points to lead her Wesleyan University women's basketball team to a 58-47 victory over Colby-Sawyer College in the consolation game this afternoon of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic at Springfield College's Blake Arena.

With the win, Wesleyan is now 5-4, while Colby-Sawyer finished the tournament with a 3-7 overall mark.

Ferdinand, a sophomore guard from Califon N.J., not only had 16 points, she also was credited with 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists, while shooting 7-of-10 from the field, and 2-of-2 from 3-point range.

Also scoring in double figures for the Cardinals was sophomore forward/center Eileen Gaffney (Manhasset, N.Y.) with 10 points. Gaffney also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. Three others had 8 points each for Wesleyan. They were junior guard McKinley Tennant (Swampscott, Mass.), sophomore forward/center Sam Lacroce (Prospect, Conn.), and junior guard Erin Gold (New Hope, Pa.). Lacroce also had 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

For the Chargers, senior forward Terri Duffy (Marshfield, Mass.) led her team with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She ended 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Two others scored seven points each. They were sophomore guard Maggie Rossi (Fairhaven, Mass.) and freshman guard Taylor DeSanty (North Adams, Mass.).

It was a game which Wesleyan controlled from start to finish. The Cardinals took the lead for good at 13-10 with 10:20 left in the first half when Ferdinand hit a 3-pointer. When Tennant made a 3-pointer with 1:47 left, Wesleyan had its largest first-half lead at 34-17. The Cardinals led, 34-19, at the half.

In the second half, Wesleyan took its largest lead at 45-24 when Gaffney made a lay-up with 14:29 remaining in the game. It was essentially a 14-19 point game the rest of the way until the Chargers' freshman guard Cailin Bullett (Millbury, Mass.) made a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to make the final margin an 11-point game.

Wesleyan outrebounded Colby-Sawyer, 42-41. The Chargers committed 26 turnovers to the Cardinals' 21. Colby-Sawyer shot just .222 from the field (12-of-54), while Wesleyan shot .345 (20-of-58).

Already named to the All-Tournament Team are Melanie Ferdinand from Wesleyan, and junior guard Katelyn Stravinsky (Norwell, Mass.) from Colby-Sawyer.

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