Bowdoin College 73, Connecticut College 60
Camels Will Visit Tufts Saturday for Program's Inaugural Appearance in NESCAC Championship Tournament
BRUNSWICK, Maine --Jenn Shinall became just the seventh player in Connecticut College history to eclipse the 1200 point barrier in a 73-60 setback to Bowdoin College at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Camels may have lost the game but tonight is a night of celebration for the team, the alumnae and the College as the program has officially clinched a post-season berth for the first time since the NESCAC moved to its current Championship format in 2001.
"I could not be more proud of a team after a tough loss," Connecticut College Head Women's Basketball Coach Brian Wilson said. "While we are all disappointed that we did not beat Bowdoin, I thought our team battled for 40 minutes. Our focus and intensity was there from start to finish. Bowdoin simply made more plays than we did in the last five minutes. They made all their free throws down the stretch and made two clutch threes with the shot clock winding down. We had our opportunities and unfortunately did not come up with the results we wanted. But I'm proud that we never quit and never the let game get out of reach."
"We are proud to represent the College in the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the first time in school history," Wilson said. "This is a special group of young women and I'm thrilled that their hard work has resulted in a playoff berth. We look forward to the challenge of playing Tufts next Saturday and will work hard in practice this week to prepare."
The Polar Bears (18-6, 7-3 NESCAC) clinch the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Wesleyan next Saturday, February 18, at 3:00 pm in the quarterfinal round. The Camels (16-6, 5-5 NESCAC) will be the seventh seed and will play at Tufts in the opening round next Saturday in Medford, Mass.
Jill Henrikson scored her 1000th point and finished with a game-high 26 to go with seven rebounds and a perfect 14-14 from the free-throw line. Ellery Gould pitched in 12 while Allie Piscina had 11 for the Polar Bears.
The Camels were led by 17 from Tara Gabelman. Jenn Shinall had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Carlee Smith scored 13 for Conn. College.
The teams traded blows in the opening half, with a late surge giving the hosts a 31-27 edge at intermission. Bowdoin never trailed in the second half, but struggled to put the Camels away, as the team bounced between five and seven points for the first six minutes of the period. Gabelman was able to trim the lead to two points with a three-point play at the 14-minute mark, but Bowdoin answered with a three-pointer from Hackett and a jumper from Henrikson that quickly pushed the lead back to seven points.
The Camels stayed within striking distance until Henrikson's milestone bucket - appropriately a three-pointer - with 2:20 remaining that gave Bowdoin a 10-point advantage, 65-55.
Bowdoin finished with a slim 38-37 edge on the boards and forced 22 Connecticut College turnovers that they cashed in for 20 points.
February 11, 2012