TELEGRAM: Greyhounds women's basketball season ends in N.C.A.A. semifinal

March 16, 2008


WORCESTER TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT



PHILADELPHIA, Pa. --- A great season for the Assumption College women's basketball team came to an abrupt end at the hands of undefeated host Holy Family, 73-49, in an NCAA Division 2 Northeast Regional semifinal last night at the Holy Family University Campus Center Gymnasium.

The fifth-seeded Greyhounds, who finished the season 22-10, had no answer for top-seeded Holy Family (32-0), which is ranked fourth in the nation. Holy Family held a 47-32 rebounding advantage, forced 18 turnovers, and limited the Lady Hounds to 26.9 percent shooting from the floor.

Kayla Parker (16 points) and Bethany Plasski (12 points) were the only two Hounds in double figures, while Sara Czarnecki grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Assumption hit just five-of-26 field goals in the first half (19.2 percent) and trailed, 32-21, at the break. Holy Family then scored the first seven points of the second half to open up an 18-point lead.

The Greyhounds closed to within 12 points, 41-29, but that was as close as they would get. Holy Family kept the pressure on and led by as many as 25 points as it earned the right to play Franklin Pierce in the Northeast Regional final at 7 p.m. tomorrow, with the winner earning a trip to the Elite Eight.

Assumption was 14 of 52 from the floor, including 4 of 11 from beyond the arc. The Hounds did hit 17 of 20 from the line, including all nine of their attempts in the second half.

The 22 wins for Assumption is a program record.