Waltham, Mass. - November 21, 2010 - The Connecticut College women's basketball team used a 12-4 spurt over the final 2:52 to break open a 54-all tie as it toppled Springfield College, 66-60, in the consolation game of the Brandeis Classic on Sunday afternoon. Abby Connors tallied a team-best 12 points in the loss.
The victory evens Conn. College's record to 1-1 on the season, while the Pride dropped its third-straight to fall to 0-3.
All-Tournament selection Meghan Biondolillo was the only other member of the Pride to reach double figures in the scoring column as she posted 10 points in the loss. Amelia Sapowsky also recorded nine points and eight rebounds, while Kelly Murphy registered seven points, six rebounds, and three steals.
For the Camels, rookie forward Tara Gabelman recorded a double-double and had game-highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds. She also led the team with five assists and netted two blocks. Rookie forward Caitlin Cimino also posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and two blocks. Also scoring in double digits was junior guard Jennifer Shinall with 21 points, sinking 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Shinall led the game with five steals.
The teams were evenly matched, with Connecticut shooting 21-for-59 (35.6%) and Springfield shooting 20-for-59 (33.9%) from the floor. But the Camels had the edge in free-throws, shooting 16-for-19 (84.2%), and in 3-pointers, making 8-of-20 (40%). The Pride were 16-for-24 (66.7%) from the line and made 4-of-15 (26.7%) from deep.
The Camels opened up a 52-45 lead with 7:53 remaining in the game after a pair of Cimino free throws. However, Springfield mounted a furious rally over the next 5:01 as it rattled off a 9-2 spurt capped off by a Connors three-point play to even the contest at 54.
On the ensuing possession, Shinall knocked home a pair of free throws as Connecticut College regained a lead which it would not relinquish. A Murphy lay-in with just over a minute remaining brought the Pride within two, but the Camels went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to hold on for the non-conference victory.
Springfield will hit the court again at home on Tuesday when it hosts Williams for a 5:30 pm game.