WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) and senior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) combined to score 23 points in leading the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 60-52 victory over Williams at Chandler Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Connecticut College (8-3, NESCAC 1-1) controlled the game early, as Hynes hit a jumper with 7:21 remaining to give the squad a 6-2 lead. Caouette then nailed a 3-pointer to make it 14-6 a the 2:41 mark, and the Camels would take a 15-11 lead heading into the second frame.
The Ephs challenged Connecticut College throughout the second quarter and stayed within striking distance. The Camels, however, held their ground and would never surrender the lead by having an answer after the hosts sliced the deficit down to just two points on five occasions. Junior Julia Wanfried (Westfield, N.J.) converted a layup in the final minute to give Connecticut College a 29-25 edge at the recess.
Williams (9-5, NESCAC 1-1) finally took its first lead of the game at 33-32 when Kristin Fechtelkotter drove in for a layup with 7:13 on the clock in the third. But despite falling behind, the Camels got back-to-back trifectas from sophomore Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) and Caouette to go up by a 38-33 score.
The Ephs continued to fight and eventually tied the game at 43s with 6:11 remaining on a Fechtelkotter layup. However, the Camels once again struck right back. Consecutive 3-point field goals by sophomore Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) and freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) pushed the Camels ahead by a 51-43 score with 2:43 remaining and provided more than enough insurance for the team to come away with its first NESCAC win.
Caouette provided a team-leading 12 points for Connecticut College, which had all 11 of its players that saw playing time find the scoresheet. Hynes netted 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Fechtelkotter lit up the box score to pace Williams by contributing 13 points, eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists. Amanni Fernandez finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with eight boards.
Connecticut College returns to action when it visits Newbury for a non-conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m.