Jenn Shinall '12 scores 1,000 points for women's basketball
Jenn Shinall '12 needed just 16 points to pass the 1,000-career point mark. She scored a career-high 28.
Shinall hit the mark and kept on going in an impressive 82-35 women's basketball victory over Mitchell College at home on Monday.
A native of Redding, Conn., and former standout at Joel Barlow High School, Shinall became just the 12th player in Connecticut College women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points, hitting a pair of free throws with 8:30 left to play in the first half. She shot 6-for-10 from three-point range and was 9-for-15 from the field in the Camels' victory over the neighborhood rival Mariners.
"We are all tremendously excited for Jennifer," coach Brian Wilson said. "It is an impressive accomplishment, and I'm thrilled that she was able to reach the mark at home in front of her family and friends."
Wilson said Shinall's success on the court can be attributed to her extraordinary work ethic.
"Jennifer is constantly in the gym, in season and out, working on her game and finding ways to improve. Her passionate approach to the game of basketball is everything a coach could want," he said.
Shinall attributes her success to the support she has received from her teammates, friends and family.
"Everyone throughout my career has always believed in me and I am truly thankful for that," she said after the game on Monday. "My teammates did a great job finding me on the floor tonight, and I am very thankful for the support they showed me."
Shinall, a human development major, is the first women's player to score 1,000 points since Katy Serafin '08 reached the milestone in 2007. For the men, Shavar Bernier '10 became the 15th player to reach the 1,000-point mark in January of 2010, on his way to a career total 1,184. Charles Stone '08 scored 1,380 points in his career to land at No. 4 on the College's all-time leading scorers list.
The Camel women are now 6-1, their best start since 2007. The team's next game is Saturday, Dec. 10, at Nichols College.
December 7, 2011