WORCESTER, Mass. - January 30, 2008 - Behind 18 points from senior Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.), the Springfield College women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive game, 79-58, at Clark University on Wednesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action.
With the win, the Pride is now 10-7 overall, 5-1 in league play, while Clark dropped its fourth in a row, falling to 6-11 overall, 2-4 in NEWMAC play.
The Pride, which led 37-22 at the half, had four players register double figures in the scoring column in the contest. McCarthy tallied 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including connecting on 3-of-5 from downtown to lead Springfield. Senior Christine Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while teammate Lauren O'Connor (Valhalla, N.Y.) continued her dominance inside with a 14-point, 12-rebound outing.
Corey Finch (Hanover, Pa.) added 14 points and five boards for the Pride, while Liz Brosseau (Franklin, Mass.) rounded out SC's top performers with eight points, four boards, and five assists.
Sarah Roderigue (Oakland, Me.) went over 20 points for the third straight game with 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead all scorers for the Cougars. Nicole LeVecque (Billerica, Mass.) scored 10 points and Sara Hagstrom (Yarmouth, Me.) added 8 points with 9 assists for Clark.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead as Hagstrom hit a three to put Clark up 7-2 at the 17:42 mark. Springfield came back to tie it up at 9-all when McCarthy was fouled on a lay-up and made the free throw. Clark again gained a five-point lead when LeVecque drilled a three from the far post to go up 14-9 at the 13:05 mark.
The Clark advantage was short lived, however, as Springfield exploded on a 23-3 run to take a 32-17 lead capped by a midrange jumper from Cotter. Seven different Springfield players netted points during the streak.
Two offensive rebounds by LeVecque and Jess Lamothe (Westboro, Mass.) led to a three-point shot from Roderigue to break up Clark’s scoring drought and set the score at 32-20. Rachelle Walker (Lee, Mass.) answered with a three of her own and a jumper by O’Connor with 0:26 to go brought the score to 37-22 going into the half.
At the start of the second half, Clark cut the lead to single digits (37-28) with back-to-back threes from LeVecque and Hagstrom. Cotter and McCarthy answered with a pair of threes of their own, however, to spread the lead to 43-28 at the 17:47 mark.
After a steal and fast-break lay-up from Cotter, LeVecque hit another three with a 30-foot jump shot to mark the score at 45-31. Clark closed the gap to 11 points (54-43) with a three from Roderigue and had a chance to cut the lead to single digits, but LeVeque’s bid for another deep shot rattled out. The Pride took an 11-3 run to stretch the lead to 65-46 with a lay-up from O’Connor, and the Cougars could not make up the difference.
There were only 18 fouls between the two teams in the game, including just six in the first half. Springfield held a 42-32 advantage in rebounds, while both teams played evenly off the bench as Clark had 11 points to Springfield’s 12.
Springfield returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on Wheaton at 1:00 pm.