SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – January 1, 2006 – Jennifer Farrar scored 17 points and Beth Hannon added 14 to lead Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas to a 78-61 victory over St. Lawrence University of Canton, N.Y. in a first-round game of the Holiday Inn-Naismith Women’s Basketball Classic at Springfield’s Blake Arena this afternoon.
With the win, Trinity (TX) raises its record to 8-1 while St. Lawrence falls to 4-4. It was the 8th straight victory for the Tigers.
In the first game today, Bates defeated host Springfield College, 83-51. As a result, Trinity (TX) will play Bates (5-5) in the championship game tomorrow at 5:30 pm.
In the consolation game, Springfield (5-4) will take on St. Lawrence in the day’s first game at 1 pm. This tourney is being played along with the men’s classic of the same name. The men’s consolation game will be played tomorrow at 3 pm, while the men’s championship game will be played at 7:30 pm.
Farrar, a 5-10 senior forward from Colorado Springs, Colo. and Coronado HS, tallied 13 of her 17 points in the first half when Trinity took a 37-23 margin into the intermission. Farrar was 7-of-13 from the field. She also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Hannon, a 5-7 junior guard from Denver, Colo. and J.K. Mullin HS, took the opposite track, scoring 11 of her 14 points in the second half. Hannon had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. She was also 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
The Saints from St. Lawrence had three people score in double figures. They included 6-0 junior forward Andrea Muszynski (Buffalo, N.Y./Mount Mercy HS) with 15 points (and 5 rebounds), 6-0 senior forward Nora Curley (Madrid, N.Y./Madrid-Waddington HS) with 14 points (and 5 rebounds), and 5-8 sophomore guard Jamie Wolff (Buffalo, N.Y./Nardin Academy) with 12 points (and 4 rebounds).
Trinity (TX) would never trail in this game. Following two early ties at 2-all and 4-all, Hannon scored the first of her 4 3-pointers to give the Tigers the lead for good at 7-4 with 17:57 remaining in the first half. That basket was the beginning of a 16-3 run that gave Trinity a 20-7 lead with 10:34 left. When Trinity’s Haley Hansen, a 5-11 sophomore forward from Snohomish, Wash. and Lakeside HS, hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, the Tigers led by 17 (35-18), its largest lead of the half. St. Lawrence scored 5 straight to cut it to 12, but a lay-up by 5-11 junior forward Jennifer Wieman (Flower Mound, Tex./Marcus HS) with 42 seconds left, upped the margin to 14 at the half (37-23).
St. Lawrence, however, was far from through. When 5-5 junior guard Jessica Smith (Buffalo, N.Y./Nichols School) made a lay-up with 8:23 to go, the Saints had cut the lead to just 4 points (55-51). With 7:08 left, after Smith made two free throws, it was still a 5-point game (58-53). With 5:04 left, it was still a 7-point game (62-55).
But in the next 2:49, Trinity (TX) exploded to outscore the Saints, 12-2, to take a 74-57 lead. St. Lawrence twice cut it to 15, but could get it no closer after that.
Trinity shot .467 from the floor (28-of-60), while St. Lawrence shot just .375 (18-of-48). Trinity outrebounded the Saints, 35-28. Trinity was an outstanding 10-of-17 (.588) from 3-point range. St. Lawrence was just 1-of-5 from the same distance. Krista Matthews, a 6-0 freshman center from Davis, Calif. and Davis HS, led the Tigers with a game-high 7 rebounds. Leda McDaniel, a 5-6 sophomore guard from Albuquerque, N.M. and Sandia HS, had a game-high 6 assists for the Tigers.