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Women's Basketball Defeats Coast Guard, 48-38

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – January 28, 2006 – Courtney Parvin scored 13 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Springfield College women’s basketball team to a 48-38 victory over the Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game at Springfield’s Blake Arena this afternoon.

With the win, Springfield raises its record to 14-5 overall and a still-perfect 8-0 in the NEWMAC, while Coast Guard falls to 7-9 overall and 3-4 in the conference. SC has now won 9 of its last 10.

Parvin, a 5-10 senior forward from Brackney, Pa. and Montrose Area HS, scored 8 of her 13 points in the second half of this low-scoring contest. She also had 2 steals to go along with her 13 boards. Two others scored 9 points for the Pride, including 5-9 sophomore guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I./LaSalle Academy) and 5-7 sophomore guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton HS). Erin Schwartz, a 6-0 senior center from Milford, Conn. and Joseph A. Foran HS, had 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, and 2 steals, while 6-1 freshman center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla HS) added 9 rebounds to go along with 4 points.

For Coast Guard, 5-7 sophomore guard Natalie Moyer (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop HS), the league’s leading scorer, tallied a game-high 19 points. She also added 4 rebounds and 2 steals. DeCarol Davis, a 5-6 sophomore guard (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park HS) had 9 points , 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. No one else for the Bears scored more than 4 points.

Neither team shot very well. Springfield made 18-of-63 shots from the field for a .286 shooting percentage. Coast Guard shot a less impressive .185, making just 10-of-54 from the field. SC was just 1-of-17 from 3-point range. For CGA, 7 of its 10 field goals made were from beyond the arc, but it was only 7-of-29 from that range.

Coast Guard, or more specifically Moyer, got off to a great start. When Moyer made two free throws with 14:21 left in the first half, it was Moyer 11, Springfield 4, as Moyer scored all of her team’s first 11 points.

Springfield did not take its first lead until Schwartz hit a jumper with 6:44 left in the half, making it 19-18, SC. Senior forward Regina Dunn (Ralston, Neb./Mercy HS) hit a free throw to tie it at 19 moments later. But consecutive baskets by 5-8 junior guard LaToya Franklin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker HS) and O’Connor gave Springfield the lead for good. SC led 27-24 at the half.

SC scored the first 6 points of the second half to take a 9-point lead (33-24), culminated by a hoop by Schwartz with 16:38 left. With 10:17 left, McCarthy made a lay-up, giving SC its largest lead at 41-30.

But Coast Guard would not go away. When Moyer made a 3-pointer with 6:19 left, the Bears were within five at 43-38. Although the drama still very much continued, CGA had just scored its last points of the game. Despite neither team scoring for almost 3 minutes, Coast Guard had several opportunities to cut it to 2.

A Cotter lay-up with 3:24 left broke the ice, and Parvin added a jumper with 3:01 left, giving the Pride a 47-38 lead. A final free throw by Schwartz with 1:37 remaining capped the scoring.

Parvin now has 1,040 career points, and needs 18 more to surpass Carah Dawe (’03), who is in 7th place in SC scoring annals with 1,057.

Schwartz’s 5 blocks today gives her 30 on the season and 192 for her career. She needs 8 more to tie, and 9 to break, the SC career record of 200 by Janna Dietz (1999-03).

Springfield’s women next play Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Mount Holyoke at 7 pm. Meanwhile, on the same day and time, Coast Guard will host Smith.
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