Megan Urban, Bethany Plasski lead Greyhound women's basketball past Saint Rose, 70-53February 9, 2008
ASSUMPTION 70, SAINT ROSE 53
ALBANY, NY --- Junior guard/captain BETHANY PLASSKI (Fall River, MA/Durfee) and senior forward MEGAN URBAN (Portland, ME/Deering) combined for 37 points and the Greyhounds defense proved stifling as the women's basketball team defeated Saint Rose, 70-53, in a Northeast-10 Conference game here SATURDAY at the Nolan Gymnasium.
Urban added a career-high 12 rebounds with two blocked shots for her second career double-double (first this season), while junior point guard TRISH GARDNER (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth) turned in another superb effort with eight assists and five steals directing the Greyhounds' offense.
The Greyhounds, ranked No. 4 in this week's NCAA Division II Northeast Regional poll, are now 19-5 overall and 13-4 in the conference in third place. The Hounds have won three straight and 12 of their last 14. Saint Rose falls to 10-12 overall and 7-11 in conference play (tied for 10th place with Southern New Hampshire). Stonehill by virtue of its 57-38 over Bentley is in sole possession of first place at 14-3, while Franklin Pierce now 14-4 after a 64-47 win over Saint Anselmx is in second place.
The Greyhounds' defense was the key to the game as they limited the Golden Knights to just .304 percentage (17-for-56) from the floor and just one-of-15 from three-point territory. They also outrebounded the Knights, 47-35, with 20 on the offensive glass. Offensively, the Hounds held a 36-16 advantage in points-in-the-paint and scored 26 points off Saint Rose turnovers.
Urban had 10 points at halftime as the Greyhounds forged a 32-27 advantage. They earlier led by as much as nine points (17-8) as Urban had buried a foul-lie jumper with 10:38 left.
When sophomore guard JENNA HUGHES (Averill Park, NY/Averill Park) made both ends of a two-shot foul opportunity the Golden Knights had trimmed the lead to 27-25 with 2:41 left. The Greyhounds then outscored the home team 5-2 the rest of the way to lead by five at the break. Urban made a layin and senior guard BRITT BISHOP (Mendon, MA/Nipmuc) made three free throws to account for the Hounds' scoring, while freshman guard/forward AMY VOEKEL (Mohegan Lake, NY/Lakeland) scored off an offensive rebound for Saint Rose.
The Greyhounds outscored Saint Rose 19-5 to open the second and move to a 19-point advantage, 51-32.
Urban started the run with put back of her own offensive rebound, Plasski connected on a wing jumper and sophomore forward KAYLA PARKER (Sanford, ME/Sanford) made a free throw for a quick 37-27 lead.
Saint Rose junior guard DANA BROWN (Elmont, NY/Elmont) hit a jumper and made a three-pointer (the Knights only three-pointer of the game) off her own steal to again cut the deficit to five points, 37-32. The Hounds would then run the next 14 points.
Plasski scored on a layin off a feed from Gardner and then freshman guard MOLLY GRIFFITHS (Walpole, MA/Ursuline Academy) hit a corner three-pointer again from Gardner. Gardner then found Urban and Parker on consecutive trips down-the-floor, before Parker drilled a three-pointer from the top-of-the-circle. Gardner finished the run with a layin off a nice feed from senior forward SARA CZARNECKI (Cumberland, RI/Cumberland).
Plasski ended with 19 points on seven-for-15 floor accuracy, while Urban ended with a season-high 18 points, while Parker added 10 points and six rebounds.
Senior guard EMILY GOTTSTEIN (Albany, NY/Holy Names) led the Golden Knights with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Brown (13 points) and junior forward ASHLEY ANDERSON (Portland, ME/Portland) (10 points) played well in support roles.
The Greyhounds are next in action in "THINK PINK" week as they host Merrimack College WEDNESDAY at 5:30 p.m. and Stonehill College SATURDAY at 1:30 p.m. as part of Winter Homecoming. Saint Rose is at Saint Anselm Wednesday and host American International Saturday.
THINK PINK WEEK: the women's basketball program at Assumption College and members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (all divisions) will be involved in a unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on-the-court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The THINK PINK week is scheduled for February 8-17. The team will distribute pink wrist bands and t-shirts to students (with a donation). Greyhound women's players have worn pink shoe laces all year, while game officials have used pink whistles.
GREYHOUND NOTES: junior guard/captain BETHANY PLASSKI (Fall River, MA/Durfee) is headed toward the 1,000 points with 974 points (19th place). . . the Greyhounds are headed toward a fourth 20-victory season having accomplished the feat in 1999-00 (20-9), 2001-02 (20-8) and 2002-03 (21-9) . . . Coach KERRY PHAYRE is also nearing a career milestone as her record with the Greyhounds is now 195-143.