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Women’s Basketball Routs Mitchell to Begin New Year on a High Note

Sami Ashton

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) came just shy of a double-double by scoring eight points and setting a career high with eight assists to help propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 76-24 triumph over Mitchell College at the Charles B. Luce Field House on Monday afternoon.

Connecticut College built up a quick lead by forcing Mitchell to miss its first seven shots and convert only one field goal in the first quarter. After making just one of their first eight shots from the floor to take a slim 2-0 lead at the midway point, the Camels started to get going over the last five minutes of the frame. Pangallo factored into three straight baskets by drilling a 3-pointer at the 2:24 mark, converting a layup and then setting up Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) on an inbounds pass as time expired to give the hosts a 13-2 advantage.

The Camels then caught fire in the second frame and outscored the Mariners by a 24-6 margin over the 10-minute span. Sophomore Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) put back a missed shot to continue a 16-0 run, and classmate Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) capped the hot stretch by canning a shot from downtown to help the hosts burst out to a 20-2 lead with 6:52 on the clock.

Connecticut College (7-2), which led 37-8 at the break, continued to play lockdown defense after recess and limited the Mariners to single digits on the scoreboard for the third straight frame. Led by junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.), six different players combined to score 17 points for the Camels to extend the lead to 54-13 through 30 minutes of action.

The hosts continued to keep their foot on the gas pedal throughout the fourth frame while continuing to utilize a balanced scoring attack. Freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) nailed a trifecta from the right corner to balloon the margin to 50 after taking a pass from sophomore Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.), who had four assists in the final frame, and classmate Haley Vanty (Berlin, Conn.) converted two shots of her own from beyond the arc to put a stamp on the lopsided victory.

In addition to Pangallo's eight-point, eight-assist performance, sophomore Nancy Coulverson (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) contributed a team-leading 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field to help lead the way for Connecticut College. Ashton added six points, four assists and was one of three players to accumulate four steals along with Caouette and Pangallo. Muckstadt finished with eight boards, six points, and a team-leading three blocks, while Corcoran concluded the contest with eight points and nine boards.

Mitchell (2-8) was paced by Haley Garcia and Marissa Sweeney in the losing effort. Garcia scored a team-high five points, and Sweeney ended the game with four points and seven rebounds.

Connecticut College begins NESCAC play this weekend when it first travels to face Middlebury on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.