Cameo Tietje ’18
While the rest of us were soaking up some sun, working at internships or binge watching Netflix shows, Smith College Basketball was hard at work in the middle of their season. SCBB started off break with a win against Salve Regina 66-25 in Newport, Rhode Island. Kennedy Guest-Pritchett ’19 led the game with a double-double (15 points, 16 rebounds). This was SCBB’s first game against the Salve Region Seahawks, who had their lowest offensive output in program history. In the following three games, Smith raked in the W’s against Middlebury, Mount Holyoke and Clark. The Smith vs. Middlebury match marked Lynn Hersey’s 150th career win as head coach. On the court against Mount Holyoke, Mandy Castro ’17 played the full game with 12 points, seven assists and two boards. Guest-Pritchett ’19 scored a game high of 19 points in 19 minutes of action. Although some players gained rank in stats, SCBB knew how vital teamwork was to win. All players who were active in the game scored at least two points. In the game against Clark, Lauren Bondi ’19 scored a season high of 14 points in just 11 minutes of action.
Smith’s six-game win streak came to an end against Springfield (64-57). Meghan Holland ’18 scored three assists and Bondi raked in 15 points in 25 minutes of play. Getting back on top, SCBB played United States Coast Guard Academy (66-51). Guest-Pritchett snagged her seventh double-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Guest-Pritchett wasn’t the only star of the game as Castro shot 3-of-5 from behind the arc, totaling 10 points, six boards and two assists. In SCBB’s following away game, they took down Wellesley 73-55. This is Smith’s fifth win in their record against Wellesley. Samantha Alakai ’18, Erin Hanely ’19 and Guest-Pritchett all scored in double figures. In addition, Guest-Pritchett, Alakai and Paige Marquez ’18 all pulled in seven boards during play. Alakai also had a game high of three steals. SCBB met Clark for the second time, losing 59-51. Bondi was the only player to rake in double figure scores with 17 points. Holland obtained a game-high with four assists, seven points and two rebounds. Amanda Barriscale ’18 ended the game with seven points and seven boards.
At the final game over winter break, Smith beat Trinity 59-45. Bondi scored a season-high of 18 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Alakai also scored a season high of 18 points with five boards and five steals. SCBB has six games left in their regular season play, three home and three away. Next, Smith faces Springfield College at our home court on Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there supporting the Pioneers on their road to victory!