Springfield, Mass. - January 1, 2014 - The Springfield College women's basketball team knocked off Drew University, 67-50, in the championship game of the 2014 Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic in Blake Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
Springfield has now rattled off six-straight wins to improve to 7-3, while the Rangers fall to 7-3 on the year. This marks the best start for the Pride through 10 games since the 2004-2005 team won seven of their first 10 games.
Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.) was named the Classic's Most Outstanding Player as she totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Teammate Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) joined her on the All-Tournament Team after posting her seventh double double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Springfield's Ava Adamopoulos (Ludlow, Mass.) put together the finest game of her young career with a dominating performance off the bench. The first-year connected on 8-of-9 from the field en route to 18 points in just 16 minutes of action. She also chipped in five boards and four blocks.
Breana Wilson (Irvington, N.J.) and Hannah Miller (Rumson, N.J.) each were named to the All-Tournament Team for Drew after standout performances in the loss. Wilson totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals, while Miller tallied 11 points. Courtney Stephens (Pikesville, Md.) added 12 points for the Rangers.
The Pride dominated down low all afternoon, outscoring the visitors 42-14 in the paint. Springfield also held a 44-31 advantage on the glass, and thanks to 17 offensive rebounds, were able to score 19 second-chance points.
The Rangers connected on four three-pointers to gain a 12-8 advantage just over five minutes into the game following a trifecta by Lexie Forsell (West Windsor, N.J.). The visitors lead would grow to as much as six after Stephens knocked down one of two from the charity stripe with 6:14 remaining, making it a 21-15 contest.
The Pride responded with a 7-2 surge, with Tribble putting back her own miss to get Springfield within one at the 3:45 mark. The teams would trade buckets before an Adamopoulos free throw and Tribble putback at the buzzer sent the teams into the half knotted at 27 all.
The second half belonged to the Pride as it shot 63% from the floor, connecting on 19 of its 30 field goal attempts . The hosts stormed out of the gates by netting the first eight points of the stanza, using barrage of jump shots to seize a 35-27 advantage.
Wilson did everything she could to keep things close for the visitors, scoring the game's next four points to make it a four-point game with 15:14 left in regulation. From there on, it was all Springfield as the Pride produced a 27-11 run over the next 10:28 to open up a 20-point lead following a beautiful inside feed to Tribble from Bickelhaupt.
The Pride would lead by as many as 21, on a Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass.) pull up jumper with the shot clock winding down at the 3:38 mark. Racette gave the Pride terrific minutes off the bench, dishing out four helpers in 17 minutes of action.
Up next for Springfield will be a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday afternoon when hosts Clark at 1:00 pm.
Colby 55, Maine Maritime 29
Colby vs. Maine Maritime Box Score
The Colby College women's basketball team cruised to a 55-29 victory over Maine Maritime in the consolation game of the Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic in Blake Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
The victory for Colby snaps their six-game slide as they improve to 4-7, while the Mariners drop to 4-6.
Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) tallied game highs in both points and rebounds with 14 and eight to pace the Mules to the win. Brooke Chandor (Barrington, Ill.) added 10 points and five boards off the bench, and Mia Diplock (Vienna, Maine) recorded nine points, five caroms, and three assists. Desi Smith (Watertown, Wisc.) earned All-Tournament team honors for her efforts throughout the two games, adding eight points and five rebounds in the consolation game.
All-Tournament team honoree Rebekah Campbell (Corinth, Maine) led Maine Maritime with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench to go along with seven boards.
Maine Maritime's Kari Jones (Nobleboro, Maine) opened up the game with a pull up jumper, but over the next 13 minutes, Colby held the Mariners scoreless while netting 16 points of their own. Campbell score six-straight points for MMA to make it a 16-8 game with 4:22 to play, only to have Colby surge ahead with a 10-2 burst to head into the locker room with a 26-10 lead. Wolfington put the exclamation point on the half with a deep three as time expired for the Mules.
Colby's lead grew to 20 just 2:35 into the second half after Gabe Donahue (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) canned a three-pointer to make it 32-12. The Mariners responded with a 7-1 push, capped off by a Cheyenne Malloy (Norridgwock, Maine) triple to get within 14, but that would be as close as they would get in the afternoon.
For the game, Maine Maritime shot just 12-for-58 (20.7%), while Colby connected on 18 of their 52 shots (34.6%), including nine from beyond the arc.
Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic All-Tournament Team
Rebekah Campbell - Maine Maritime
Desi Smith - Colby
Breana Wilson - Drew
Hannah Miller - Drew
Jaimie Bickelhaupt - Springfield
MVP - Tamara Tribble - Springfield