Kayla Parker leads Greyhound women's hoop past Saint Anselm, 65-49

January 20, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. --- Freshman forward KAYLA PARKER (Sanford, ME/Sanford) scored 16 points including 12 in the second half as Assumption College defeated Saint Anselm College, 65-49, in a Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball game SATURDAY at the Laska Gym.

The Greyhounds stingy defense stymied the Hawks to just 28 percent accuracy from the floor---they made just 16 of 58 attempts from the floor and just one-of-10 from behind the arc. Junior forward CHARDE FLOYD (Worcester, MA/Worcester Academy) helped the home team hold the edge on the boards (46 38) with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Sophomore guard BETH PLASSKI (Fall River, MA/Durfee) finished with 14 points---including four three-pointerrs in the first half, while sophomore point TRISH GARDNER (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford) had 10 points and four assists in a strong performance off-the-bench.

Saint Anselm bolted to a quick 9-8 lead as JESSICA MORGAN drilled a 15 footer from the wing 5:09 into the game. The Greyhounds would then go on a 23 5 spurt to move to a 17-point lead at 31-14.

Two free throws by Floyd, two more by Gardner started the streak and Plasski contributed two long three-pointers to highlight the run. The Hounds led 39-22 at the break.

Parker scored 10 of the first 12 points by the Greyhounds to open the second half and the home team moved to its largest lead, 22 points, at 55-33 as senior point JESS PAULSON (North Providence, RI/LaSalle Academy) made both ends of a two-shot foul opportunity.

Freshman forward REILLY O'KEEFE led the Hawks with 11 points in just 14 minutes of playing time. O'Keefe is the daughter of Greyhound Hall of Famer LISA MCCARTHY '79.

The Greyhounds are now 8-12 overall snapping a four-game losing streak. They improved to 6-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference---10th place. The conference playoffs include the top 12 teams. Saint Anselm, losing for the fifth straight game, is now 5-16 overall and 2-14 in the conference.

Assumption plays at American International College WEDNESDAY at 5:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets, now 16-4 overall and 11-4 in the conference (third place) won at Saint Michael's (68-57). The game will be webcast by ne10.tv beginning at 5:25 p.m.