NEW LONDON, Conn.—Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) poured a in a team-best 22 points with six rebounds in her first collegiate game on the Shoreline but it was not quite enough as Babson College held off a late rally to defeat Connecticut College 79-70 at Luce Field House Sunday. Ashton was 8-for-11 from the field, 2-for-3 from long distance and converted on 4-of-5 shots at the charity stripe for the hosts.
The Beavers improved their record to 2-1 with the triumph while the Camels fell to 3-1 with their first loss of the season.
Senior guard Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) scored 25 points while adding six rebounds and four assists to lead the visitors in the victory. Junior forward Brenna LeGacy (Attleboro, Mass.) chipped in with 23 points and eight rebounds in the triumph, shooting 9-for-11 from the field. Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double for the victors.
Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) hauled in 11 rebounds for the Beavers, who finished with a 53-32 advantage on the backboards.
Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) and junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) both finished with 13 points for the Camels. Hynes pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds while Malman collected two steals. Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) chipped in with nine points for the hosts. Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) pulled down seven rebounds in the contest.
Babson stormed out to a 21-4 lead in the opening quarter and carried a 22-10 advantage after one. The lead swelled to 38-22 at the intermission. But in the third quarter, Connecticut College out-scored the visitors 24-22 to trim the deficit to 60-46.
Ashton converted on a nice drive to the hoop with an ice cream scoop lay in with 8:18 remaining to cut the Babson the lead to 10 at 60-50. But Babson answered with a 7-to-2 run, that included a pair of jumpers from Pickering to push the lead back to 67-52 with 5:49 to go.
Babson continued to carry a double digit lead. But with 1:02 to go, Ashton assisted Caouette for a triple that made it a 73-66 game. Moments later, Ouimette was able to come up with a steal and finished the play with a pass through the lane to Ashton, who banked one in with 51.6 seconds remaining and the Camels were in business down 75-69.
But Connecticut College could not get any closer and Babson was able to hold on for the 79-70 victory.