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Emmanuel College women’s basketball head coach Andy Yosinoff knew he was approaching win number 700 as he entered the 2012-2013 campaign.
“(The players) hadn’t talked about it or mentioned it at all, but everyone knew,” he said. “It was like a no-hitter in the eighth or ninth inning.”
Leading at halftime against Tufts on January 23, it appeared Yosinoff might get number 700 in his first attempt.
But, the Jumbos came out firing in the second half, opening with a 16-4 run in the first 8:22 of the half. After that, the Jumbos never looked back, dealing the Saints a 61-48 loss.
Yosinoff’s second attempt was on the following Saturday, January 26 against Lasell College.
“I invited a lot of former players to the game. I even had my 94 year old father come up from Rhode Island to see the game,” he said.
Lasell junior guard Kayla Vincelette hit two free throws to give the Lasers a 22-16 lead with 5:34 left in the first half. The win wasn’t going to be easy.
The Saints came alive after the free throws, closing the half on a 19-3 run, including four 3-pointers from junior Bria Tiro (16 points), to give the Saints a 35-25 lead at the break.
The Lasers kept it close in the first 10 minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to seven on a free throw from freshman Ginelle Cola with 10:29 to play, but from there it was all Saints.
Outscoring the Lasers 28-8 in the final 10:14 of the game, the Saints were able to cruise to a final score of 76-48, and with it, Yosinoff’s 700th win.
“It was a lot closer than the score indicated, so I didn’t know [that the win was certain] until the end of the game,” he said. “I’m happy to get it over with.”
He said his 700th is now is second-favorite accomplishment.
His first was when he coached Emmanuel to an overtime win over NYU on the road in the 2001 Elite Eight, advancing the Saints to the Division III Final Four. NYU had been the heavy favorites, and was the top-ranked team in the nation at the time.
“The support I get at Emmanuel is tremendous. From the students, staff, and administration, it is great to see all the support we get here,” said Yosinoff. “It makes it a lot more enjoyable to coach.”