Simmons Basketball's Emily Thomas (Cheshire, Conn.) poured in a game-high 27 points and was named most valuable player to help the Sharks claim the 2010 Blazer Tip-Off women's basketball tournament with a 66-62 victory on Saturday afternoon over host Elms College at Picknelly Arena. With the loss, Elms moves to 1-2 on the season while Simmons remains undefeated at 3-0 overall.
In the tournament's first round, the Sharks blazed past Bard College, 60-48, to advance to the championship game.
Simmons 66, Elms 62
Trailing by seven at intermission (29-22) Simmons outscored Elms 44-33 in the second half as Thomas led three Sharks in double figures. Brittany Dolloff (Hollis, N.H.) finished with 16 points, three steals and six rebounds while Liz O'Connor (Milton, Mass.) added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Alex Acloque (Randolph, Mass.) was strong on the glass collecting nine of her game-best 10 rebounds on defense.
Normandie was 10 of 16 from the field and connected on 6 of 7 from the free throw line in addition to hauling in nine rebounds to lead the Blazers. Junior forward Erika Murphy (Torrington, Conn.) netted 11 points and added four steals, while freshman guard Mariah Petty (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) delivered an eight-point four-steal effort off the bench.
Simmons 60, Bard 48
In Friday's second contest, Simmons' Liz O'Connor (Milton, Mass.) led all scorers with 28 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor and 14 of 19 from the free throw line. Alex Acloque (Randolph, Mass.) was equally impressive on the boards amassing an astonishing 21 rebounds (16 on defense) for the Sharks.
Emily Thomas (Cheshire, Conn.) added 13 points and eight boards in the win, while Brittany Dollof (Hollis, N.H.) netted eight points.
Bard was led by Caitlin Dullea (West Stockholm, N.Y.) who dropped in a team-best 10 points, while Marissa Papatola (St. Paul, Minn.) added eight. Five other Raptors finished with five points each in the losing effort.
All Tournament Team
Emily Thomas, Simmons – MVP
Alex Acloque, Simmons
Jen Normandie, Elms
Erika Murphy, Elms
Jennifer Ferrari, Johnson State
Latiqua Williams, Bard