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Women's Basketball Picks Up Victory #1 With an 86-74 Win Over Widener; Team Free Throw Records Obliterated

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- November 18, 2007 -- Christine Cotter scored a team-high 21 points and received All-Tournament honors as Springfield College defeated Widener University in the consolation game of the DeSales Invitational this afternoon in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. In the game, two longstanding Springfield College team records were easily broken.

The victory allowed Springfield to even its record at 1-1 on the young season, while Widener fell to 0-2.

A native of Stoughton, Mass., Cotter received plenty of support today as a total of five Pride players scored in double figures. Cotter finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. The senior co-captain was 4-of-7 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and 11-of-13 from the free throw line.

Behind her was freshman guard Rachelle Walker (Lee, Mass.), who had 19 points and 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. She was 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and 11-of-12 from the line. Both Cotter and Walker also had fine games last night, although Springfield wound up losing to William Paterson (67-59) in the opener for both teams. Cotter finished with 18 points, Walker 16, in that contest.

Back to today's game, senior co-captain Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.) made her 2007-2008 debut by scoring 14 points and adding 7 rebounds. She had missed last night's game due to an important exam. Two other junior veterans scored 13 points apiece. Forward Corey Finch, a Hanover, Pa. native playing in her home state, also had 8 rebounds. Center Lauren O'Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) also had 4 rebounds.

Widener actually led, 38-36, at the half. But Springfield started strong in the second half, and ultimately outscored Widener, 50-36, in that stanza. It's early, but Springfield has shot the ball very well from behind the arc thus far. In two games, SC is 11-of-21 from 3-point range, for an excellent percentage of .524. In today's game, the Pride was 6-of-12.

Springfield also made 36-of-43 free throws in this game. Both figures easily smashed longstanding Springfield College team free throw records, made and attempted, in a single game. The old record for most team free throws made was 29 vs. Bridgewater State in 1979. The old mark for most free throws attempted was 39, set three times -- vs. Bridgewater State in 1979, vs. Colby-Sawyer in 1994, and vs. Williams in 1999.

Cotter has gotten off to a tremendous start for the Pride. She is averaging 19.5 points per game through the first two contests. She now has 795 points in her career as she attempts to become just the 12th player in Springfield College history to score 1,000 points. Jen Crawford (1982-85) is in the 11th spot with 1,002 career points. Cotter is also currently shooting .500 (4-of-8) from 3-point range, and .850 (17-of-20) from the charity stripe, all excellent figures.

Up next, Springfield will travel to take on Williams on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm.

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