NEW LONDON, Conn.—Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) exploded with a career-high 32 points with nine rebounds to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to an 84-75 victory against Roger Williams University Thursday.
Ouimette was 9-for-14 from the field and 14-for-17 at the foul line.
The Camels improved their record to 7-2 with the triumph. The Hawks hung around to the end and fell to 4-3 in the loss.
Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, Mass.) chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds. She is just eight points away from reaching 1,000 in her prolific playing career in the back court. Junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) contributed with 14 point and nine boards in the front court. Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) added 10 points in the win.
Senior Bridget Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.) had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Hawks in the setback. Quilty was 10-for-15 from the field and 7-for-11 at the foul line. Anna Walther (Northampton, Mass.) chipped in with 17 points and five rebounds in the contest.
The Camels enjoyed a 39-to-28 advantage on the backboards and used that edge to outscore the Hawks 29-to-15 on the foul line.
Connecticut College carried a 22-20 advantage after one. Just before the intermission, the Camels put together a 5-0 run to take a 37-32 lead into the break. Hynes converted a field goal with 1:02 to go before Ouimette closed out the half with a hoop and some harm to make it a 37-32 lead.
Connecticut College out-scored the Hawks 24-22 in the third quarter to take a 61-54 advantage into the final 10 minutes of play.
Ouimette knocked down another jumper with 2:29 remaining in regulation with Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) assisting that vaulted the Camels out to a 76-63 lead. But the Hawks did not go quietly and with 1:08 to play, Rebecca Ritchie (Hanover, Mass.) scored a lay up to make it a manageable 77-70 Camel advantage.
But Malman scored four points on the charity stripe in the final 38 seconds of play and the Camels were able to hang on for the 84-75 win.