Connecticut College 72, Nichols College 52 Gabelman (25 Points, 12 rebounds) & Shinall (24 Points, 8 Steals) Lead Camels to Victory

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women´s basketball celebrated its homecoming to Luce Field House in grand style, cruising to a 72-52 victory against Nichols College Tuesday night. The Camels improve to 2-1 with the victory while the Bison slip to 2-2 with the loss. Freshman Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 25 points and ripped down 12 rebounds in her second double-double of the week. Gabelman was 11-for-19 from the field and added a pair of blocks in the triumph. Junior Jenn Shinall (Redding, Conn.) played her best game in New London on this night, finishing with 24 points, eight steals, five rebounds and three assists. Shinall connected on 6-of-11 field goals including three of five shots from long distance and was a perfect 9-for-9 on the charity stripe. But it was her menacing defense that wreaked havoc on a Bison backcourt and seemed to inspire the entire team in the win. Nichols College senior Ashley Robidoux (Milford, Mass.) finished with 17 points for the visitors. Jessica Nelson (North Providence, R.I.) added 12 points and six rebounds in the setback for the Bison. The Camels connected on five of their first six three-point attempts to carry a 40-27 lead into the half. In the early stages of the second stanza, Lena Fracassini (Bridgeport, Conn.) converted a field goal to pull the visitors to within nine at 45-36. But Shinall´s defensive prowess led to the next two scores for the Camels and the junior converted a fast break basket on a steal with 14:30 remaining to push the lead back to 49-36. Later on in the half, the Camels put the game away with a lethal 12-to-2 to open up a 63-43 advantage on a basket by Caitlin Cimino (Falmouth, Maine) with 6:49 remaining and never looked back. Connecticut College took an early 8-4 lead when Shinall induced a Bison turnover and went end to end to knock down a jumper from the left side. Later on in the half Tori Verrengia (Plymouth, Mass.) and Shinall knocked down consecutive three-point field goals to extend the Camel advantage to 23-14 with 9:20 left

November 23, 2010

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