Springfield, Mass. -- February 11, 2009 -- Corey Finch scored 18 points and Kelly Murphy added 15 to lead their Springfield College women's basketball team to an 80-44 victory tonight in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game at James Naismith Court at Springfield's Blake Arena. With the win, Springfield has raised its record to 13-9 overall, and 8-2 in the NEWMAC. Mount Holyoke, meanwhile, falls to 6-16 overall, and 3-7 in league play.
With the win, Springfield swept Mount Holyoke on the season's series. On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Pride defeated the Lyons, 64-57, at Mount Holyoke.
It was an emotional win for Springfield. Just four days ago, the team's lead manager, Krista Turnbull, passed away. A member of the women's lacrosse team, Turnbull had managed the women's basketball team for the past two seasons. Just playing this game was a huge emotional break-through for many on the squad. And their performance spoke volumes for the grit of this team.
Finch, a senior forward from Hanover, Pa., led her squad with 18 points, adding 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. She was 6-of-9 from the floor, 1-of-1 from 3-point range, and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Murphy, a freshman guard from Mechanicville, N.Y., had one of her better scoring games of the season, tallying 15 points. She added 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. She was also 6-of-9 from the field, and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. There were two other double-figure scorers for Springfield, the two senior centers, including Lauren O'Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Liz Brosseau (Franklin, Mass.) with 12 points and 3 steals. O'Connor was 4-of-6 from the field, and 4-of-4 from the line. Brosseau was 6-of-7 from the field. Freshman forward Cherelle Allen (New Britain, Conn.) was the game's leading rebounder with 7.
For Mount Holyoke, junior guard Erin Cain (Quincy, Mass.) was their top scorer with 16 points. The top rebounders for the Lyons with 4 each were freshman guard Christine Chancy (Bay Harbor Island, Fla.), sophomore guard Emilie Methot (South Hadley, Mass.), and sophomore forward Joanna McDonough (Peabody, Mass.).
Springfield never trailed in this contest. The Pride jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 2:28. Sophomore forward Meaghan Macarthur (Baiting Hollow, N.Y.) led off with a 3-pointer, and Finch then followed with a conventional 3-point play. A lay-up by Murphy finished that opening run. SC led by as many as 23 twice in that half, including 38-15 at the intermission.
Springfield outscored Mount Holyoke, 11-5, to start the second half, culminated by a jumper by Finch with 16:06 to go. The Pride led by 29 at that point. With SC substituting liberally, the led swelled to as many as 38 as SC doubled up the Lyons at 76-38 with 4:14 to go following a short jumper by Brosseau.
Springfield shot .517 from the floor (30-of-58) for the game. That included .586 in the second half alone (17-of-29). Mount Holyoke, meanwhile, had a much tougher time from the field, shooting .296 (16-of-54). SC outrebounded the Lyons, 40-32. The Pride had 19 sssists in 30 baskets for the contest.
Springfield next plays Saturday at Clark in another NEWMAC contest at 1 pm.