Emerson College Tip-Off Championship: Connecticut College 66, Emerson 51
Smith Named MVP-Gabelman, Shinall Land on All-Tournament Team
BOSTON, Mass.--Tara Gabelman scored 22 points and hauled in 10 rebounds en route to a double-double and Carlee Smith added five points, seven assists and four rebounds as Connecticut College (2-0) cruised to a 66-51 victory against Emerson College (3-1) in the Championship game of the Emerson College Tip-Off played in Boston Sunday.
Jenn Shinall chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds for the winning side. Jeanna Dunleavy added eight points and five rebounds in the victory.
The Camels held a 43-to-33 advantage on the backboards. You could call it a Boston three-party for the Camels, who converted 14-of-27 shots (52%) from long distance in the two games.
Smith was honored as the tournament's Most Valuable Player for the Camels averaging 8.5 assists, 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two contests. Gabelman and Shinall were both named to the All-Invitational Team for Connecticut College.
Shinall is just 56 points away from reaching the 1,000 point barrier for the Camels.
The Camels carried a 26-19 lead at the break but that lead was trimmed to 30-26 after Olivia DiNucci knocked down a triple for the Lions with 16:56 remaining.
However, the Camels responded with a lethal 11-to-0 run after that to put the game away. Dunleavy scored the first four points during the stretch and Gabelman converted three consecutive field goals to make it a 41-26 game, capping the rally with 13:48 remaining.
DiNucci poured in a game-high 23 points for the hosts, converting 11-of-12 shots from the foul line. Olivia Connors and Kristin Brice scored eight points each in the setback for Emerson.
November 20, 2011