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Women's Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller At Mount Holyoke, 86-80

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass., January 31, 2006 - Springfield College sophomore guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) scored a career-high 26 points, including the Pride's first five in overtime, as SC defeated Mount Holyoke College, 86-80, on Tuesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) thriller in South Hadley, Mass.

Cotter led the way with 26 points in 38 minutes of action, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor, connecting on two of her three three-point field goal attempts, while netting 10-of-13 free throws. The sophomore guard also added six rebounds, three steals, and two assists in the victory.

Senior forward Courtney Parvin (Brackney, Pa.) added 23 points in the effort, connecting on nine of her 15 field goal attempts to go along with seven rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Sophomore guard Tara McCarthy chipped in with 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

Mount Holyoke (15-3, 6-2 NEWMAC) started the game shooting a perfect 8-for-8, outscoring the Pride, 20-12, in the first seven minutes. SC answered back by engineering a 12-2 run to capture its first lead of the game (28-27) with 6:48 left in the half, capped by a good three-pointer from McCarthy. With 12 seconds to go in the opening stanza, Joeanna Silvey picked up a steal in the backcourt and dished the ball off to Jeanne Powers for a lay-up, putting the Lyons ahead, 37-34, at the break.

In the second half, Mount Holyoke maintained a small lead over the Pride until SC began another 12-2 run at the 13-minute mark. Down 49-43 with 12:44 left in the ballgame, the Pride took a 55-51 lead after its run with 10:18 to go, on a Cotter jumper. Three more ties would ensue until SC broke free with three minutes left in regulation, taking its biggest lead of the game, 72-67 after two free throws from Cotter. With only 20 seconds to go, junior guard LaToya Franklin (Latham, N.Y.) knocked down a jump shot, giving the Pride a 76-74 lead. After a missed attempt by Christine Godin, Joneť Billy picked up the offensive rebound and put in the lay-up to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the score remained deadlocked at 76 apiece until Cotter netted a pair of free throws to give SC a 78-76 lead with 3:47 left. After a pair of missed jumpers on the other end, Cotter knocked down a three to give the Pride an 81-76 lead with 3:05 remaining. After a few turnovers and missed shots, its was Parvin's turn, as she nailed a three-pointer to put SC up, 84-76, with just 1:41 left in overtime, as the Pride held on for the 86-80 road victory.

Despite being outrebounded 56-36 in the contest, SC took the victory behind 45.2 percent shooting from the floor for the game (28-62), and 47.6% shooting from beyond the arc (10-21). The Pride improves to 15-5 overall and a perfect 9-0 in NEWMAC play. SC has won four-straight overall, and 10 of its past 11 match-ups. The Pride will next travel to Wellesley College for a conference contest on Saturday afternoon, February 4, in a 2:00 p.m. start.

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