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Women’s Basketball Holds Off Trinity, 74-63, in Non-Conference Play

Meggie Corcoran

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored 28 points in leading the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 74-63 non-conference win over Trinity at Ray Oosting Gymnasium on Monday evening. The Camels led for nearly the entire contest en route to earning their sixth straight victory.

Connecticut College (6-1), which led 37-32 at halftime, got off to a quick start in the third quarter by getting a trifecta from junior Kyle Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) on the opening possession. The hosts came within two when Becky Reifler sank two free throws at the 4:56 mark, but the Camels recovered and got a trey from freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) and a long jumper from Hynes to gain some breathing room.

Despite playing from behind for nearly the entire contest, the Bantams continued to attempt to complete a rally throughout the fourth quarter. But every time they came within striking distance, Connecticut College had an answer. After Trinity's Courtney Erickson converted a jumper from the left corner to make it 53-51, junior Julia Wanfried (Westfield, N.J.) nailed a 3-pointer from the left arc on the other end to put the Camels back ahead by five. Another one-possession deficit was erased by a Hynes layup, and Walsh made four charity shots down the stretch to help the team exit the gym with an 11-point win.

The beginning of the contest was a seesaw battle which featured two ties and a pair of lead changes. The Camels, however, dominated the boards and got to the free throw line to establish control. Hynes converted two shots from the charity and then finished a pass from Walsh on the left side to give the visitors a commanding 14-5 advantage and prompt a Bantam timeout at the midway point of the frame.

After the short break, Connecticut College continued to dominate and started using the long ball to pull away. Walsh then made back-to-back 3-pointers from both ends of the floor to give the Camels a 20-7 advantage.

The Bantams began their attempt to rally by slicing the deficit down to five in the middle of the second quarter when Peace Kabari stole the ball and finished with a layup in transition, but the visitors fought back and built the margin back up to double digits when junior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) put together a 3-point play the old-fashioned way to make it 31-21.

Hynes, who finished the half with 14 points, spun her way around the Bantam defense to convert another layup in the final minute, and the Camels carried a five-point advantage into the recess. The team then fought off every run by Trinity in the second half to eventually claim their sixth straight victory.

Hynes netted a game-high 28 points by shooting 9of-15 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the stripe for Connecticut College, which shot a blistering 94.7 percent from the free throw line and finished with a commanding 37-21 advantage on the boards. Caouette filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Corcoran came just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine boards. Walsh added 19 points and sank five shots from downtown.

Erickson paced Trinity (6-1) with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Erica Junquet and Kabari added 12 points apiece, while Kabari also contributed four assists and four steals.

Connecticut College remains on the road and will next travel to face Roger Williams on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m.