NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior forward Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) netted the 1,000th point of her career in the opening quarter of action and finished with 14 points and five rebounds to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to its fourth straight win in a 91-50 triumph against Newbury at Luce Field House Thursday night.
Hynes was a perfect 7-fo-7 from the field and added two assists and a pair of steals for the hosts. Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) posted a team-best 16 points with three rebounds, seven assists and four steals, connecting on 7-of-12 shots from the field and 2-of-4 field goals from long distance. Sophomore Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) hauled in six rebounds and was 6-for-7 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from downtown en route to her 14 point performance.
Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, knocking down 6-of-10 shots from the field for the Camels. Nancy Coulverson (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) ripped down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with her six points in the offensive uprising.
The Camels improved their record to 15-6 with the win, while the Nighthawks slipped to 6-14 with the setback.
Junior forward Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) exploded with a game-high 35 points, adding five rebounds and five steals to lead the visiting Nighthawks in the setback. Spears was 12-for-22 from the field and 11-of-14 at the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) chipped in with six points and four rebounds in the loss.
Hynes took an assist from Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) in the post and layed in her record setting field goal with 3:02 remaining in the opening period to make it a 19-13 game that sparked the Camels on a 13-2 run. Corcoran capped the rally for the Camels, netting a jumper with 56 seconds left before closing out the quarter with a layup that vaulted the hosts out to a 30-15 lead after one.
Ashton keyed a 9-0 run for the Camels early in the second quarter, burying a three-ball with 8:44 to play that was followed by a deuce from Malman. Hynes followed with a put-back off an offensive rebound to make it a 37-17 game with 7:18 to play. Ashton capped the rally when she corralled a defensive board and went end to end for a hoop in transition. Later on in the quarter, Caouette buried a triple from the left side of the arc with 1:20 remaining that extended the lead to 50-27. Connecticut College carried a 54-31 advantage into the break.
The Camels continued to pull away from the Nighthawks, out-scoring the visitors 19-8 in the third quarter. Connecticut College opened the second half with 15-0 run, building a 69-31 lead after Malman connected with Hynes for a hoop in the paint with 5:40 to play. Spears responded for Newbury with a nifty looking spin move for a bucket with 5:19 to go. It was a tremendous effort for the Nighthawks' junior forward but the Camels continued to pull away for the 91-50 victory.
Connecticut College converted at 56% clip from the field (36-for-64) and were 9-for-25 from three-point distance (36%) and 10-of-12 at the charity stripe (83%). The Camels enjoyed a 49-21 advantage on the backboards in the triumph.