PAXTON, Mass. -- Pine Manor College Women's Basketball sophomore Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) recorded her second straight double-double, scoring a game-high 23 points while collecting 18 rebounds, as the Gators captured the 2013 AMCATS Classic Tip-Off Tournament Championship with a 83-62 victory over host Anna Maria on Sunday afternoon.
DeJesus earned All-Tournament and Tournament MVP honors after posting back-to-back double-doubles this week. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by freshman Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.).
Johnson finished with 20 points in the contest, while coming up just short of a double-double of her own with 9 rebounds, to help Pine Manor improve to 2-0 on the season. Anna Maria falls to 1-1 with the setback.
In all, four Gators finished in double figures including sophomore Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) and junior Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.), each of whom finished with 12 points. Franklin also added six rebounds off the bench for the Gators, who finished with a 54-42 advantage on the boards.
For Anna Maria, senior Taylor Walker (Winchendon, Mass.) finished with a game-high 23 points, recording a double-double of her own by collecting 15 rebounds while earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. However, Walker finished as the only AMCAT in double figures as the tournament hosts only managed to shoot 34.8 percent from the field, while PMC finished at 46.2 percent.
PMC never trailed throughout the contest, jumping out to an early 9-2 advantage just 2:12 into the game, following a fast break layup from DeJesus. The Gators grew their first half advantage to as many as 13 points, taking a 25-12 lead at 10:41 of the first, before taking a 37-29 lead into the half.
In the second half the Pine Manor advantage only continued to grow as the Gators would eventually find themselves with a 22 point lead over the AMCATS with just 2:15 remaining in the game. From there, the Gators cruised to the tournament championship with an 83-62 victory.
Anna Maria will look to rebound on Tuesday night when they host Salem St. at 7:00 PM. Pine Manor will also return to action on Tuesday night when they host their home opener versus Mitchell. Tip-off is also set for 7:00 PM.
Sun, November 17, 2013
by Miles Roberts