Connecticut College 65, Trinity College 56
Surging Camels Erase Six Point Second Half Deficit to Win NESCAC Opener
HARTFORD, Conn.--Tara Gabelman (Irivington, N.Y.) exploded with 17 points and 14 rebounds to help lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to their seventh straight victory, a 65-56 triumph at Trinity College in the NESCAC opener for both sides.
Connecticut College improves to 10-1, while the hosts fall to 5-6 with the setback.
The Camels trailed 28-24 at the half and were down by as many as six in the second stanza. But the visitors put together an 11-0 run in the latter stages of the second stanza to pull away from the Bantams.
Junior captain Kacie Quick (Winchester, Mass.) buried a three-ball to ignite the Camels on their run with 6:49 remaining and Caitlin Cimino (Falmouth, Maine) netted two of her 14 points to cap the rally and make it a 54-47 game with 4:02 to play.
Cimino was a scorching 6-for-9 from the field en route to her 14 point effort and added four rebounds and three blocked shots.
Carlee Smith (Willimantic, Conn.) and Jenn Shinall (Redding, Conn.) netted 13 points each for the winning side.
Smith dished out a game-high six assists and was 6-for-11 from the floor. Shinall was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line and finished with four steals for the Camels.
It was the seventh double-double of the season for Gabelman, who played 39 of 40 minutes Friday night.
The Camels out-shot the Bantams 18-to-7 at the foul line and were 12-for-13 from the charity stripe in the second half of play.
Kaitlin Ciarleglio (Waterbury, Conn.) finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists for Trinity College. Junior guard Carly Napier (Pittsford, N.Y.) added 12 points for the Bantams.
Taylor Murtaugh (New York, N.Y.) finished with nine points while Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.) added eight points and five rebounds in the setback.
The Camels will visit Amherst College Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. game in Western Mass.
Trinity will host intra-state rival Wesleyan University for a 2:00 p.m. game in Hartford, Conn.
January 6, 2012