Worcester, Mass., January 19, 2006 – The Worcester State College women’s basketball team received a game-high 26 points from junior Rachael Odugbela as the host Lancers defeated the visiting Pride of Springfield College, 66-51, Thursday evening in Lancer Gymnasium on the campus of Worcester State College. The win gets the Lancers back to the .500 mark at 8-8, while Springfield falls to 11-5.
Worcester State raced out to a 28-8 lead with 7:16 remaining in the first half and would hold a 20-point advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the half before a 7-2 run by SC closed the margin to 15 points with a halftime score of 36-21. The Lancers shot an impressive 50 percent from the field while holding the Pride to just 29 percent shooting in the first stanza.
Odugbela was the spark for Worcester State as she came out firing for the Lancers in the first half, racking up 20 points in the opening period on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Sophomore Lindsay DelleChiaie added 10 points in the half. SC was paced by senior center Erin Schwartz (Milford, Conn.), who had six points and six rebounds, as well as freshman Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.), who also totaled six points in first half action.
The Pride came out determined in the second half and quickly whittled its deficit to five points with 16:13 remaining, at 39-34. After a Worcester State timeout, both teams made two unsuccessful trips up the floor before an Odugbela trey bumped the Lancer lead back up to 8 points. SC answered right back on a jumper by sophomore guard Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.), but Odugbela immediately answered with her Worcester State record-tying 6th three-pointer of the night. Worcester State would lead by as many as 19 in the second half before finishing with the 15 point victory.Odugbela led both teams with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists 2 blocks and 2 steals. DelleChiaie finished the night with 17 points. The Pride had two players reach double digits with senior forward Courtney Parvin (Brackney, Pa.) tallying 16 points and Schwartz finishing with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 boards. With her team-best 16-point effor on the night, Parvin now needs just eight points to become SC's 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Worcester State will return to action on Saturday when they visit MCLA in a MASCAC contest. The Pride will host MIT on Saturday in a New Eengland Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match-up, beginning at 1:00 p.m.