Connecticut College 53, Nichols College 43
Gabelman Pours in Career-High 26 Points for Camels
Upstart Camels Race Out to Program's Fastest Start Since 1991
DUDLEY, Mass. (Nichols College Sports Information) - Sophomore forward Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 26 points to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to its fourth-straight win, a 53-43 victory at Nichols College Saturday afternoon.
The Camels improve to 7-1, while the Bison dip to 1-7.
Gabelman accounted for half of Connecticut College's points as Nichols held them to more than 20 points below their scoring average, forcing 16 turnovers and a first half 22.6 shooting percentage (7-31). Gabelman had a game-high nine rebounds and six steals, and was joined in double-digit scoring by senior guard Jenn Shinnall (Redding, Conn.), who added five boards, three assists and four steals.
First year guard Sarah Whitestone (Dalton, Mass.) led Nichols with 11 points off the bench, while senior forward Chelsea Shaughnessy (Halifax, Mass.) filled the stats sheet with eight rebounds (seven defensive), five assists and four steals to go with six points. Nichols used its bench depth to outscore the Camels' bench by a 21-10 margin, seeing eight of 10 players record at least three points.
The game was slow to start, but the Camels got out to a seven-point lead by way of the charity stripe at the 8:32 mark. A Natalie Wilson (Bedford, N.H.) layup ended a five-minute scoring drought for the Bison shortly after and kicked off a quick 6-1 Nichols run that cut the Camels' lead to one with under five to play in the half. Shinnall converted a pair of free throws and Gabelman followed with a layup to bring it back to a five-point game where it stayed at the break, 23-18.
Nichols quickly cut the lead down to two points in the opening of the second half, but a pair of Bison turnovers proved costly as the Camels rattled off nine of the next 10 points to take a double-digit lead, 34-24, just over five minutes into the stanza.
The Bison again chipped away as Whitestone scored seven of Nichols' points in a 9-2 spree that saw them get as close as three points, but the Camels strode away on the back of Gabelman as she scored nine over the final six minutes to keep the game in check.
Nichols is idle until the New Year when they host Framingham State on January 3rd in a 7 p.m. game. Connecticut College travels to another Commonwealth Coast Conference opponent Tuesday, taking on Roger Williams University in a 7 p.m. game.
December 10, 2011