A pair of Springfield College basketball players, Tamara Tribble and Sean Martin, have earned the Springfield Student Newspaper Players of the Week award for 01/26/12 through 02/01/12.
Athletes of the Week for 01/26/12–02/01/12
Sophomore forward Tamara Tribble had the game of her short career at Springfield on Jan. 18. In a big conference win over Mount Holyoke College, Tribble had 18 points, shooting a perfect 8-8 from the field. The White Plains, N.Y native also added a team-high nine rebounds for good measure. Tribble, a Youth Development major, has played in 18 games for the Pride, while cracking the starting lineup once. Although she is only averaging 2.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, she has added great depth to a very talented frontcourt. Tribble and the Pride host WPI on Saturday for another tough NEWMAC contest. The game begins at noon.
Q. What aspect has most developed your role with the team?
A. An aspect that has most developed my role on the team is always being pushed by my teammates and coaches. They always encourage me to do my job and help out the team in any way that I can.
Q. Do you see leadership from your teammates as more valuable than last season?
A. The leadership from my teammates is as valuable last year as it is this year. I have so much respect for my captains as well as players. They are great leaders and always lead by example.
Q. How do you think that the women’s game being a team-oriented type of game impacts your performance?
A. Basketball is a team sport which forces us to work well together if we want to reach our goals. It makes us play as a unit and strengthens our relationship on and off the court.
Q. With Coach Graves’ veteran experience how has she been influential to your presence on the court?
A. Coach Graves constantly pushes me and makes sure that I am playing to the best of my ability. She knows the game inside and out and always gives us the direction that we need to put us in the best position to be successful.
It was a memorable moment at Blake Arena last Wednesday when Sean Martin made his game winning buzzer beater in overtime (65-63) against the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers. As of last night’s contest, the Pride have gone 6-2 in their last eight games (Martin’s only starts this season) after defeating the US Coast Guard Academy Bears 72-63 following their Saturday loss at Babson. Despite being the only two points he had the entire game, it would leave the tied for first with MIT for the time being. MIT is the Pride’s next opponent on Saturday at 2 p.m. from Naismith Court at Blake Arena.
Q.How was it to score the buzzer beater against WPI?
A. Scoring the Buzzer-beater was a fantastic feeling. It was a huge rush of adrenaline. Im just glad I was able to help the team win the game.
Q.Did you expect the last week of games to be as productive for you?
A. The team has been playing real well lately. We’ve been working a lot harder on defense lately and that has helped us win some close games.
Q. What’s your outlook on the rest of the season?
A. The only game on my mind is the MIT game. Every game is important for us but the only game we’re focused on is the next one, which is MIT.
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