DANBURY, Conn. – Junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 70-65 victory at Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night.
Hynes scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half, sparking the Camels in a third quarter that saw the Camels out-score the hosts 15-7, turning a one-point halftime deficit into a 52-45 advantage.
The Camels improved their record to 3-0 with the win the Colonials fell to 1-3 with the setback.
Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) and sophomore Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with 13 points each. Ouimette had eight rebounds while Malman finished with five. Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) added six points and four rebounds for the winning side.
Sophomore Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) contributed with five points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of work off the bench.
Senior forward Alecia Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Rookie guard Gabrielle Hurlbert (Thomaston, Conn.) and junior guard Kaitlyn LaBonte (South Windsor, Conn.) chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Colonials.
The hosts began the contest with a 12-4 run capped with a nifty layup from senior forward Alyssa Eannotti (Shelton, Conn.). The visitors put together a spurt of their own in the second quarter, earning their first lead of the game at 28-27 when Ouimette hit a runner in the paint. The lead changed hands several times before Ouimette floated down the lane for a scoop shot, cutting the Western lead to 38-37 at halftime.
Connecticut College regained the lead for good when Malman hit a jumper with 8:07 remaining in the third, giving the Camels a 41-40 lead. The gap widened to nine early in the fourth when Hynes gathered an offensive board and netted a layup. The Colonials rallied late, slicing the lead to 68-65 with 1:24 left when LaBonte knocked down a baseline jumper. However, the Camels answered when Malman drove to the hoop for a righty layup with 30 seconds remaining to round the scoring out at 70-65.
Happy Thanksgiving to all Camel basketball fans and don't forget to remember those who are less fortunate. We'll be hosting our annual Hoops for Hunger Food Drive for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center of New London at this Sunday's women's basketball game against Babson and Camel fans can also contribute when the men's basketball team hosts Clark University one week from tonight.