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Women's Basketball Falls In Home Opener to Wesleyan, 74-64

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – December 9, 2005 – Hannah Stubbs scored 24 points and added a team-high 8 rebounds to lead the Wesleyan University women’s basketball team to a 74-64 road victory over #14-ranked Springfield College tonight at Springfield’s Blake Arena.

With the victory, Wesleyan raises its record to 4-3, while Springfield falls to 5-2. It was the home opener for the Pride.

Stubbs, a senior forward from Arlington, Virginia and Yorktown High School, scored 12 points in each half and was a steady force down low throughout the contest. Following Stubbs in the scoring column were senior forward Ashley Mastrangelo (Marblehead, Mass./Governor Dummer) with 16 points, and freshman guard Ali Fourney (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) with 11.

For Springfield, the leading scorer was senior forward Courtney Parvin (Brackney, Pa./Montrose Area) with 24, including 20 in the second half. Parvin also had 6 points and 6 assists. Sophomore guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, RI/LaSalle Academy) was the next highest scorer for the Pride with 7. Four others scored 6 points each, including freshman center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y./Valhalla), senior center Erin Schwartz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran), junior guard Amanda Hill (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), and senior forward Katie Trice (Concord, N.H./Concord).

Springfield jumped out to a 14-10 lead on a lay-up by Trice with 10:58 remaining in the first half. But that turned out to be the Pride’s largest lead. Wesleyan would take the lead for good at 20-18 on two free throws with 4:42 remaining in the half by sophomore guard Nikki Maletta (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Reg.). From that 14-10 deficit, Wesleyan would outscore Springfield 24-10 for the remainder of that half.

Wesleyan scored the first two hoops of the second half, both by Mastrangelo, building the lead to 14. The Cardinals were never really seriously challenged after that. The closest Springfield came was 8 points on six other occasions, the last of which came at 69-61 with 1:03 remaining.

Wesleyan shot .426 from the floor (23-of-54), while SC shot just .328 (22-of-67). Springfield had a huge edge in rebounding, 53-33, led by Franklin’s 11 and Schwartz’s 10. But the Cardinals turned it over just 13 times, while the Pride turned it over 13 times. Wesleyan finished with 12 steals. The Cardinals also made 28-of-39 free throws, while SC was 14-of-20 from the line.
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