Connecticut College 72, Middlebury College 59
Surging Camels Improve to 11-2
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Jenn Shinall (Redding, Conn.) netted 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 72-59 victory against Middlebury College at Luce Field House Friday.
The Camels improve to 11-2 with a 2-1 mark in the NESCAC, while the Panthers fall to 3-9 and 0-3 in the conference with their sixth straight setback.
Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.) and Carlee Smith (Willimantic, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points each for the Camels.
Gabelman shot 4-for-7 from the field, while Smith dished out a game-high six assists in the triumph.
Jocelyn Summers (Highland Park, N.J.) contributed nine points and four assists. Annie Fierberg (Watertown, Conn.) provided 11 quality minutes of post play, tallying six points and five rebounds for the Camels.
Senior Kim Horne (Newport, N.H.) finished with six points and six rebounds for the winning side.
Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) poured in a game-high 17 points to lead the visiting Panthers in the setback. Maddie Moreau (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds for Middlebury.
Summers stepped off the bench to key a12-to-0 run in the first half. Summers buried a three with 7:19 to go and then assisted Kacie Quick (Winchester, Mass.) for a hoop with 6:24 remaining that vaulted the Camels out to a 21-9 advantage.
Later on in the half, Shinall knocked down threes on consecutive possessions to put Connecticut College on top 29-16.
On the ensuing Panther possession, Summers stole the ball and drove the lane for a hoop to put the Camels in complete command with a 31-16 edge.
The hosts carried a 33-20 advantage into the break.
After sitting most of the first half with foul trouble, Gabelman sparked the Camels in the second stanza, scoring all of her 11 points in the closing 20 minutes of play.
Middlebury rallied with a 12-to-4 run in the early stages of the second half. Borsinger had the hot hand and buried a three from the top of the key with 14:19 to play that made it a 41-34 game.
However, the visitors would not get any closer and the Camels shot a much more efficient 48% in the second stanza to pull away for the 72-59 win.
The Camels will host 18th ranked Williams College for a 2:00 p.m. game in New London Saturday. The Panthers will visit Wesleyan for a 2:00 p.m. conference contest in Middletown, Conn.
Brian Wilson Post-Game Conference Call:
This was a complete team effort tonight. We received huge contributions off the bench from Annie Fierberg and Kim Horne in the frontcourt and Kacie Quick and Jocelyn Summers in the backcourt.
Losing Tara Gabelman to foul trouble so quickly in the first half could have been debilitating if Annie and Kim were not ready to come in and contribute on both ends. Kacie was her usual steady self off the bench and Jocelyn gave us 25 minutes of almost flawless play.
Jennifer Shinall played a tremendous game on both ends of the floor. Her three point shooting helped carry us offensively, especially in the first half when we extended our lead, and her five offensive rebounds reflect her competitiveness and will to win.
Carlee Smith gave us another fantastic effort at the point guard position. Her transition from high school off-guard to NESCAC point guard has been amazing to see. We are so much more fluid and confident on offense with the ball in Carlee's hands.
January 13, 2012