Courtesy of the Smith College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the Pioneers, who defeated Mount Holyoke College and delivered their head coach, Lynn Hersey, her 100th with with the program:
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Rosa Drummond scored 18 points and pulled down 11 defensive rebounds to notch her third consecutive double-double as the Smith College basketball team defeated visiting Mount Holyoke 63-56 on Wednesday night in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference matchup inside Ainsworth Gym.
With the win, Smith, who improved to 9-10 on the year and 9-5 in the conference, delivered Lynn Hersey her 100th victory as the Pioneers head coach. Mount Holyoke, meanwhile, moved to 5-14 on the season and 2-12 in the loop.
Paulina Solis and Sydney Parkmond each scored in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively, Jazmine Collins hauled in six boards and doled out a career-high five assists while Alyssa Barrett chipped in with a career-best four steals for the Pioneers.
Mount Holyoke was led by Kate Karraker with 15 points and Amber Legare, who narrowly missed a double-double, with 15 points and nine boards. Genelle Green tacked on 10 points for the Lyons as Nicole DeMarchena was credited with four swipes.
After trading early buckets, Karraker sparked a 12-2 run that saw Green push the Lyons lead to 10 with a layup just over five minutes into the contest. Nearly two-and-a-half minutes later, Drummond began a Pioneer 12-2 run with a traditional three-point play. She went on to tie the game at 16-all with a pair of freebies with under nine minutes left in the half. After the Pioneers took a pair of four-point leads, DeMarchena combined with Jennine Vizcaino to take the 24-22 lead with 3:36 to go in the stanza. After a Legare jumper to make it a four-point game, Solis and Drummond teamed up to give the hosts a 29-26 advantage heading into the break.
The Pioneers slowly built a double-digit lead and were up by as much as 15 (52-37) following a triple by Mandy Castro midway through the second half. The Lyons then used a 12-3 run to get within six with 3:34 to go. The trio of Drummond, Parkmond and Solis pushed the advantage back to 11 before Legare and Green each hit a layup and Karraker drained a free throw to make it a six-point ballgame with under a minute left. The Pioneers sank three free throws and DeMarchena countered with a layup in the waning moments for the 63-56 final.
Both squads host league games on Saturday as Smith hosts first-place Wellesley at 2:00 p.m. and Mount Holyoke entertains MIT at 1:00 p.m.