Local Roundup: Fitchburg State Rolls Past Lyons
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior Catherine Coppinger dominated the paint, finishing with 18
rebounds to lead the Fitchburg State University women’s basketball team to an emphatic 78-49 victory over host Mount Holyoke College on Saturday in the consolation round of the 2018 USJ Tip-Off Tournament.
Coppinger (11 points, 6 steals, 3 assists) and classmate Anglina Marazzi (16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, steal, block) led the way for the Falcons (3-1), who used an early 15-2 run -- capped by a pair of free-throws from sophomore Payton Holmes -- to take a 22-6 advantage out of the gates. Freshman Annika Brooks had 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Lyons (0-4) in defeat.
It was only the second time the two women’s programs had met on the basketball court, with Fitchburg State earning a 71-62 victory way back on March 4, 2005, in the first meeting.
Next up, Fitchburg State will host Curry College on Tuesday in a non-conference contest, starting at 7 p.m.
Fitchburg State 84
Fitchburg State was paced by Jimenez-Fox with 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons fell in the consolation round of the Hampton Inn Jim Beaudry Classic at the University of New England.
Jimenez-Fox added 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals to lead the Falcons, while teammate Jonathan Perez added 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Fitchburg State (1-4) started the contest with a 14-2 run, keyed by five points from junior Nicholas Tracy, and soon after, with a 3-pointer from junior Charles Doss, of Fitchburg, pulled ahead 24-16. The Eagles (2-1), however, answered back, riding a 14-0 run into the second half and never looking back.
The Falcons will next host Elms College on Nov. 27 for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference clash.
Salem State 2
Fitchburg State 1
Salem State broke the scoreless stalemate at the 1:22 mark of the second period as Billy McGwin gathered a feed from Landon Hasenfuss and struck for his first collegiate tally. The Vikings (2-4, 2-3 MASCAC) then doubled their advantage, 2-0, just 53 seconds into the third stanza on a goal by junior Callum Hofford.
Fitchburg State (2-3-2, 1-1-2 MASCAC) cut the deficit to 2-1 with a little more than four minutes remaining as senior Ricky Kramer connected on his fourth score on the year off assists from sophomore Brian Glover and junior Dean Zerby.
The Falcons nearly knotted the score late in the frame when senior Nick DiNicola and Zerby put shots on target, but Viking keeper Oliver Lacroix denied both opportunities.
Sophomore Brian McGrath made 22 saves for the Falcons, who will travel to face Becker College on Saturday at 3:40 p.m. in opening-round action of the Steve Hoar Memorial Invitational.
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