SPRINGFIELD, Mass., February 21, 2006 – Courtney Parvin scored 24 points while Christine Cotter added 21 to lead the Springfield College women’s basketball team to a 82-44 victory over Wellesley College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference quarterfinal tournament game tonight at Springfield’s Blake Arena.
The win allows Springfield to host the NEWMAC Tourney semis and final this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. Springfield, the #1-seed, will host #4-seeded Clark in the first semifinal at 1 pm, while #2-seeded Mount Holyoke will play #3-seeded WPI at 3 pm.
With the win, Springfield raises its record to 20-6 overall, while Wellesley finishes its season at 8-15. It is the 6th time that Head Coach Naomi Graves has won 20 games in her career at Springfield College, and the 5th time in the last six years.
This was a game that, at first, was eerily similar to the contest played between these two teams at Wellesley on February 4. In that game, SC raced out to a 28-9 lead in the early going. Tonight, SC jumped out to a 27-9 lead.
But this is where the games took different turns. In the game on Feb. 4, Wellesley made a huge comeback to tie matters with 3 minutes to go before SC won it 74-62. In tonight’s game, Springfield remained in command throughout, leading by as 28 in the first half, and by as many as 45 (at 77-32) with 4:33 to go.
Parvin, a senior forward from Brackney, Pa. and Montrose Area HS, led all scorers with 24 points. She also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. She made 11-of-14 from the floor (.786) and was 1-for-1 from 3-point range.
Cotter, a sophomore guard from Stoughton, Mass. and Stoughton HS, scored 21 points and added 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. She made 4-of-9 from 3-point range. While those were the only Springfield players in double figures, others made valuable contributions. They included senior center Erin Schwartz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran HS) with 9 points and 10 rebounds; junior guard LaToya Franklin (Latham, N.Y./Shaker HS) with 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals; freshman center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla HS) with 8 points and 4 assists; and sophomore guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I./LaSalle Academy) with 5 points and a career-high 10 assists.
For Wellesley, there were two who scored in double figures. They were senior guard Laura Weslander (Mendota Heights, Minn./Cretlin-Derham HS) with 11 points, and freshman forward Sara Dickhaus (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional HS) with 10. Adding 8 points was senior forward Kristin Doeberl (West Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow HS). Doeberl and Weslander also had 6 rebounds for the Blue, as did junior center Sefi Adasi (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation HS).
Overall, Springfield outrebounded Wellesley 52-37. SC shot .471 from the floor (33-of-70), while Wellesley shot just .267 (16-of-60). SC shot .528 in the first half (19-of-36) while in the process of taking a 45-19 lead.
Here are tonight’s NEWMAC quarterfinal scores:
At #1 Springfield 82, #8 Wellesley 44
At #2 Mount Holyoke 81, #7 Wheaton 58
At #3 WPI 64, #6 Coast Guard 46
At #4 Clark 68, #5 Babson 65
Saturday’s (Feb. 25) Schedule at Springfield’s Blake Arena
#1 Springfield vs. #4 Clark – 1 pm
#2 Mount Holyoke vs. #3 WPI – 3 pm
Sunday’s (Feb. 26) Schedule at Springfield’s Blake Arena
NEWMAC Final -- 1 pm