Willimantic, CT (11/19/11) - Freshman forward Melissa Tobie (Elizabeth, NJ / Roselle Catholic) scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Montclair State won its second straight, downing Regis College, 73-66 in the Eastern Connecticut Tip-Off Tournament at Giessler Gymnasium on Saturday evening.
Sophomore guard Theresa Towns (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) added 15 points as the Red Hawks (2-0) advance to the championship game on Sunday, November 20 against host Eastern Connecticut at 3:00 pm.
MSU trailed by as many as six points in the first half, 28-22 with 4:55 to play before closing to within one as Michelle Montagna (New Providence, NJ / New Providence) drained a three-pointer with 3:24 to go before halftime. After Regis pushed the lead back to five, Towns connected from behind the arc with four seconds showing as Montclair State trailed 32-30 at the break.
In the second half, the teams combined for five ties and five lead changes through the first eight minutes. Tied at 45-45, Montclair State scored the next five points to take a lead it would not relinquish. Montagna hit a jumper for a 47-45 advantage and Tobie converted a three-point play as the Red Hawks led by five points with 11:18 remaining.
Colleen Kelly (Rockaway, NJ / Morris Hills) gave MSU its largest lead of the half at 58-51 with 6:42 to play but Regis battle back getting within three points twice, the last coming as Stefanie Wozmak hit two foul shots to make the score 62-59 with 2:43 left. MSU would make 5-of-6 at the free-throw line to boost the lead back to eight pointswith 1:52 left.
Claire Ramonas pulled Regis within 67-63 with 1:41 left however Tobie answered with four consecutive free throws as Montclair State went back up 71-63 with 68 seconds showing.
Taylor Jeffers (Franklin, NJ / Franklin) had seven points and nine rebounds off the bench while Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Montagna added eight points and three rebounds.