Bears Fall to Conn. College to End Semester

Bears Fall to Conn. College to End Semester

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Juniors Tara Gabelman and Caitlin Cimino each had 17 points and nine rebounds leading Connecticut College to a 54-43 non-conference win over host Coast Guard in a matchup of the two New London schools.

The Camels, who won their third straight to improve to 5-4 on the season, used a 15-1 run in the first half turning a 4-3 deficit into a 18-5 lead with 10:15 left.

Conn. College led 28-16 late in the first half before freshman Meghan Fornaro hit a 3-pointer and then had a steal and layup with 24 seconds left to cut the Bears deficit to 28-21 at halftime.

Coast Guard started the second half on a 7-2 spurt to close to within 30-28 with 13:54 left.

The Camels took control of the game using an 11-2 spurt turning a 32-30 edge into a 43-32 lead with 8:02 remaining in the game.

Gabelman had 11 of her 17 points in the second half as the Camels shot 47.4 percent from the floor in the first half (9-19), but just 29.6 percent in the second half (8-27). Conn. College was 20 of 29 from the foul line and missed its only 3-point attempt in the game.

Freshman Meghan Fornaro led the Bears with 16 points while junior Larla Brown tied her season-high with 12 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Dani Knox also had seven rebounds for the Bears.

Coast Guard finishes the first semester 4-5 overall. The Bears shot a season-low 26.6 percent from the field (17-64) while making just three of 16 from behind the arc.

The Camels outrebounded the Bears 45-39.

Coast Guard will begin second semester play at WPI on January 5th with tip set for 1 p.m.

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