Connecticut College 72, WCSU 71
Jenn Shinall´s Runner with 1.4 Seconds Remaining Lifts Camels to Victory in Home Opener
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Jenn Shinall (Redding, Conn.) banked in a 15 foot runner with 1.4 seconds remaining to lift the Connecticut College women´s basketball team (2-2) to a 72-71 victory against Western Connecticut State University (3-2) at Luce Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Connecticut College and the entire Camel athletic program celebrated the home opener of first year head coach Brian Wilson.
Shinall netted a team-high 19 point for the Camels, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 3-for-5 from long distance. Jeanna Dunleavy (Chatham, N.J.) chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists for the hosts. Sophomore Kim Horne (Newport, N.H.) had 10 points and five boards in 16 minutes off the bench for the winning side.
Melissa Teel (Hamden, Conn.) registered a double-double with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks for the Colonials. Stephanie Slonski (Griswold, Conn.) finished with 19 points and six assists in her return to the Route 395 corridor for the visitors.
Nicole Eanniello (Danbury, Conn.) drained a three with 12:49 remaining in the first half that vaulted the visitors out to a 19-8 lead. But the Camels responded with a furious 16-to-1 run at the end of the half to take hold of a 38-31 advantage at the intermission. Dunleavy ignited the Camels on their rally with a jumper at the 2:58 mark and closed out the scoring surge with two seconds left, nailing a three from just beyond the arc.
In the second stanza, the Camels and Colonials were tied on five separate occasions in this see-saw affair. Wilson has been using a deep rotation and it paid off down the stretch, where the Camel bench out-scored the Colonials 15-to-0 in the second half of action.
Kacie Quick (Winchester, Mass.) buried a triple from the left side with 5:28 to play that put the Camels on top 62-59. With 4:53 to go, Quick scored another trifecta from the baseline to provide the Camels with a 65-61 advantage. But the Colonials forced the fifth and final tie of the half at 70 when Karli Spera (Waterford, Conn.) drained a three with 1:52 remaining. With 1:25 to go, Spera converted on one of two shots from the charity stripe to put the Colonials back on top 71-70.
The Camels maintained their composure though, and on their final possession Dunleavy was able to get the ball to Shinall near the top of the key, who kissed one of the glass for the game-winning hoop.
December 1, 2009