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Women's Basketball Handles MIT, 68-42

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – February 6, 2008 –Corey Finch scored 16 points and added a season-high 16 rebounds to lead the Springfield College women’s basketball team to a 68-42 victory over MIT this evening in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game at James Naismith Court at Blake Arena.

With the win, Springfield raised its record to 11-8 overall, and 6-2 in the NEWMAC, while MIT fell to 9-10 overall, and 2-6 in the conference.

Finch, a junior forward from Hanover, Pa., put together identical halves of 8 points and 8 rebounds. The 16 rebounds was one shy of her career high of 17, which she accomplished twice last year. Three other players scored in double figures for the Pride. They included senior guard Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.) with 11 points and 5 assists, senior guard Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) with 10 points and 4 assists, and junior center Lauren O’Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5-for-5 shooting from the floor.

For MIT, two players scored game-highs of 17 points each. They included freshman forward Kelsey Cappelle (Ringoes, N.J.) and junior guard Clara Yuan (San Jose, Calif.). The next high scorer for the Engineers was junior forward Cheryl Kwinn (Monroe, N.Y.) with 4.

This game was decided pretty much in the first half as Springfield opened up a 38-18 advantage at the break. The Pride shot .607 from the floor (17-of-28) in that stanza, employing a very effective high-low game, while MIT shot just .261 (6-of-23).

Yuan started the game with a 3-pointer, banking one home from beyond the arc to give MIT its only lead of the game 23 seconds in. But Cotter tied it 16 seconds later on a 3-pointer of her own. A lay-up by O’Connor followed by a lay-up by Cotter gave Springfield a 7-2 edge.

A 3-pointer by Yuan with 10:08 left in the half cut Springfield’s margin to 17-13, and it was still very much a game. At that point, Yuan had scored all 13 of MIT’s points, which included four 3-pointers.

But Springfield scored the next nine points and suddenly SC had doubled up on the Engineers, 26-13, with 6:45 left in the half. A 3-pointer by McCarthy with 54 seconds left gave Springfield its largest lead at 38-18. Springfield held huge advantages in rebounds (22-7) and assists (15-4) at the half.

As was the case in the first half, MIT scored the first basket of the second half, a lay-by Cappelle. But Springfield then scored the next 17 points to lengthen the lead to 35 points (55-20) on a jumper by Finch with 12:17 left. With 10:49 left, freshman guard Annie Lasek (Southampton, Mass.) hit a jumper to keep it a 35-point margin (57-22). A 3-pointer by freshman guard Rachelle Walker (Lee, Mass.) had SC still up by 33 (60-27) with 5:30 left.

From there, MIT would get as close as 23 (63-40) with 1:58 left on two free throws by Kwinn.

Springfield shot exactly .500 for the game from the floor (29-of-58), while MIT shot just .277 (13-of-47). SC out-rebounded the Engineers, 46-20. Springfield produced a remarkable ratio of assists (22) to made baskets (29).

Up next, Springfield plays at Babson Saturday (Feb. 9) at 2 pm.

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