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Women’s Basketball’s Six-Game Winning Streak Halted by Roger Williams

Casey Walsh

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to Roger Williams by a 68-62 score at the Campus Recreation Center on Sunday afternoon. The Camels, who entered the afternoon without a loss on their resume in nearly a month, had their impressive winning streak halted at six games.

Connecticut College, which trailed for nearly the entire contest, had an opportunity to take the lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Senior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) posted up on the right block and tried to get a good look with her team down by a 57-56 score, but her off-balance shot through traffic missed and was rebounded by Sam Mancinelli. Roger Williams then got a long two from Mariah Nicholas to gain some breathing room, and the hosts only allowed a resilient Camel squad to make two field goals the rest of the way.

Hynes helped the Camels build up an early 4-0 lead by finding junior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) for a layup and then sinking a pair of shots from the charity stripe. Roger Williams, however, ended the quarter on a 15-4 run. Anna Walther scored nine points to help give the Hawks a seven-point cushion through the first 10 minutes of action.

Even though the visitors made it a one-possession game when sophomore Nancy Coulverson (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) converted a layup, Roger Williams maintained its lead throughout the second quarter. Walther stayed hot from the field and gave the hosts a double-digit lead at 24-14 by sinking a layup at the midway point, and the Hawks carried a 28-19 advantage into the recess.

Connecticut College attempted to chip away at the deficit throughout the third quarter. Junior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) found freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) to create a 34-31 score with 6:19 on the clock, but Teagan Dunn had a quick answer on the other end. Despite being threatened again, the Hawks scored five straight points and got a trey from Gabby Jerahian to end the third quarter ahead by a 49-41 score.

The Camels did not go down quietly and continued to threaten to regain the lead during the entire fourth quarter. Corcoran stole the ball and drove in for a layup to give the visitors a spark, and junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) drained a 3-pointer from the left arc to make it 53-50 with 6:54 left and prompt a Hawk timeout. Roger Williams, however, was able to hold off every Camel rally attempt to eventually earn the six-point victory.

Walther led Roger Williams (8-2) with a game-high 24 points. Nicholas finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Teagan Dunn filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five boards, six assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

Hynes and Walsh paced Connecticut College by netting 14 and 13 points, respectively. Both players grabbed six rebounds, while Hynes also dished out four assists. Corcoran also had a strong outing by registering 11 points and four steals.

Connecticut College (6-2) will break for final exams and return to action when it hosts Mitchell on Monday, Jan. 1 at 2:00 p.m.