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Women's Basketball Defeats WPI, 67-51

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – January 7, 2006 – Courtney Parvin scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds, both game-highs, to lead the Springfield College women’s basketball team to a 67-51 victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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 8-4 overall and 2-0 NEWMAC, while WPI falls to 6-6 overall and 0-1 NEWMAC.

Parvin, a 5-10 senior forward from Brackney, Pa. and Montrose Area HS, scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half as the Pride built a 37-24 advantage by the intermission. Parvin also had 2 assists and 2 steals to her credit. Two others scored in double figures for Springfield College. They included 5-9 sophomore guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I./LaSalle Academy) with 16 points (7-of-12 from the field), and 6-1 freshman center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla HS) with 11 points (and 9 rebounds).

In addition, 5-7 sophomore guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton HS) scored 8 points (with 4 rebounds and 2 assists).

For WPI, 5-11 junior forward Meghan Pajonas (Bristol, Conn./St. Paul Catholic HS) was the only double-figure scorer with 13 points. Two others scored 6 points. They were 5-7 sophomore guard Emily Allietta (Sandwich, Mass./Worcester Academy) and 6-2 freshman center Michele Perry (Pelham, N.H./Pelham HS). Four others scored 4 points apiece.

Springfield College played especially well in the first half, hitting 50 percent of its shots from the field (15-of-30), and outrebounding the Engineers, 21-17. WPI, meanwhile, shot just .310 for the half (9-of-29).

WPI actually led at the very start, 3-0 and then 5-2 on a lay-up by Pajonas with 17:42 left. But SC would score the next 9 points to take an 11-5 lead. Parvin made a 3-pointer to tie matters at 5-all, and then McCarthy made a short jumper to put Springfield into the lead for good. Cotter and Parvin ended that 9-0 stretch with lay-ups.

When Allietta made her second consecutive three with 3:10 left, it was still just a 5-point game at 26-21. But an 11-3 run by the Pride gave SC its 13-point lead at the half.

At the start of the second half, SC outscored WPI, 14-2, and suddenly the lead had mushroomed to 25 points (51-26) with 15:11 left. WPI called time-out, making a defensive adjustment, and the Engineers began to find their way back into the game, eventually closing to 12 points (58-46) with 5:40 left.

But a 3-pointer by McCarthy with 1:10 left gave SC a 16-point lead (65-49) and more or less sealed it.

SC shot .456 for the game (26-of-57), while WPI shot .351 (20-of-57). SC outrebounded WPI, 41-33.

Springfield’s women next play Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Coast Guard at 7 pm.

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