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Balanced Offensive Attack and Tough Defense Leads Women's Basketball Past Worcester State, 64-38

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WORCESTER, Mass. (January 12, 2008) – The Springfield College women's basketball team had five players score in double-figures and held the Worcester State Lancers to just 22% from the field as it picked up a 64-38 victory on the road Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops the Lancers to 2-9 on the season, while Springfield evens up at 6-6. It was Springfield's second straight win.

After Worcester State scored the opening bucket on a layup by senior Lindsay DelleChiaie, Springfield outscored Worcester State 24-5 over the next 13 minutes, including a 19-2 run that gave the visitors a 24-7 lead with 6:52 remaining in the half.

Worcester State trimmed the deficit to 12 points with 4:22 left, but the Pride enjoyed a 21 point halftime advantage, closing the first half with an 11-2 run and a big 35-14 edge. The Lancers struggled from the floor hitting just 5 field goals and shooting 17.9% from the field in that half. Springfield, meanwhile, shot 44.8% in the same time frame. WSC's DelleChiaie led all scorers in the half with 10 points, while Springfield was paced by senior Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) who had 9 points.

The second half began slowly as neither team scored in the first 3:14 of the half. After the teams then traded baskets, the Lancers made their last run of the game, scoring 9 unanswered points over a two minute stretch to cut the Pride advantage to 37-27 with 13:44 remaining. Springfield held off the charge and quickly rebuilt the lead to a comfortable margin, and pulled away over the final five minutes for the 26-point victory.

DelleChiaie led Worcester State with 13 points, while teammate Natasha Dallas scored nine points and grabbed nine boards. Springfield had 5 players reach double figures with Cotter leading the way with 13. Junior Lauren O'Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) was immense on the boards as she notched a double-double, scoring 12 points and hauling down 16 rebounds. Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.), Corey Finch (Hanover, Pa.) and Liz Brosseau (Franklin, Mass.) each scored 10 points in the balanced Pride attack.

Up next, Springfield will host Coast Guard on Wednesday (Jan. 16) at 5:30 pm in NEWMAC action.

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