BROOKLINE, Mass. – Junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) scored 19 points and sophomore Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) crashed the glass relentlessly for a career-high 10 boards to help propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 71-50 victory over Newbury at Hellenic College's Pappas Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
Connecticut College appeared as though it would run away with the game early, as sophomore Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) converted a layup and then set up freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) for a 3-pointer the next time down the floor. The Nighthawks, however, came back and challenged the Camels for the remainder of the quarter by tying the game twice at 8-8 and 16-16. But after Jaymesha Sanders nailed a trifecta to knot the score for the second time, Caouette caught fire and scored five straight points to propel the visitors ahead by a 21-17 score at the end of the first frame.
Ashton got the Camels going again in the second quarter and sparked a 13-0 run by hitting a 3-pointer with 7:55 remaining. The quarterback of the offense then found junior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) for a trey and sank four free throws during the hot stretch to put Connecticut College in full control. Muckstadt made two shots from the charity stripe in the waning seconds, and the Camels took a 40-21 advantage into the recess.
Connecticut College maintained its commanding lead throughout the second half. Newbury (7-7) tried to fight back and closed the gap to 15 when Destiny Spears converted a pair of free throws to make it 49-34 with 3:22 left in the third quarter, but the Nighthawks would not be able to come any closer. Caouette, who hit four shots from downtown in the contest, made two more trifectas to balloon the lead back up to 23 and provide more than enough insurance for the visitors to come away with their second straight win.
Caouette led Connecticut College in scoring with 19 points by shooting 7-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long range, and 1-of-1 at the line. Ashton and Walsh registered 15 and 14 points, respectively, and grabbed five rebounds apiece, while Muckstadt corralled a career-high 10 boards and matched a career best with three steals.
Newbury was paced by Spears' 23-point outburst. She also grabbed seven rebounds and added five assists. Savannah Olsen scored 10 points and pulled down seven boards, and Sanders fell just shy of a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
Connecticut College (9-3) resumes NESCAC action when it hosts Amherst, the nation's top-ranked team, on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.