Wesleyan University 51, Connecticut College 43
Gabelman Tallies 13 Points & Seven Rebounds for Camels
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Wesleyan University Sports Information) - Wesleyan scored nine straight points in the final six minutes to break away from a 40-40 deadlock vs. Connecticut College here this afternoon and go on to claim a valuable 51-43 NESCAC women's basketball victory.
Wesleyan improved to 12-5 overall, 4-3 in the conference while Connecticut College fell to 14-4, 4-3.
Ahead for Wesleyan is a meeting with undefeated, top-ranked Amherst Tues., Jan. 31 at home in a game that doesn't count in the NESCAC standings. Connecticut College resumes action Mon., Jan. 30, hosting cross-town rival Coast Guard in a non-conference matchup.
After the Camels scored 10 straight points to erase a 40-30 deficit and draw to a 40-40 tie, Wesleyan took the lead for good on a free throw by sophomore Amber Wessells with 5:17 to play. Senior Eileen Gaffney followed with a basket at 3:36 for a 43-40 lead. Neither team scored for more than two minutes as Wessells canned the next bucket at 1:30 for a 45-40 edge.
The Cardinals then sank four of their next six free throws to move ahead, 49-40, with just :24.6 to go. Connecticut College failed to score for more than 5:30 during crunch time, going 0-for-9 with two turnovers over a span of nine possessions.
Neither team led by more than four points during the first half as Wesleyan went into the locker room clinging to a 24-23 advantage. Opening the second half with a 16-7 run, the Cardinals pulled out to a 40-30 lead, but three pointers by freshman Jocelyn Summers and senior Jenn Shinall sandwiched a basket by sophomore Tara Gabelman and a pair of sophomore Caitlin Cimino free throws to give the Camels a 10-0 burst and a 40-40 tie.
Wesleyan senior Sam LaCroce, who had six of the Cardinals' 16 points to begin the second stanza, led all scorers with 14 points. Gaffney and sophomore KellyAnn Rooney added 10 for Wesleyan, which defeated Connecticut College for the 14th time in the last 15 meetings and leads the overall series, 30-25. Gaffney also had a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double as Wesleyan generated a 46-31 edge on the glass.
Gabelman paced the Camels with 13 points and seven rebounds. Shinall hit double-digit scoring with 10. Cimino tied for her team's lead on the boards with seven.
January 28, 2012