NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) registered a double-double on her Senior Day to help propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 63-44 win over Colby at the Charles B. Luce Field House on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Camels qualified for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.
Colby (10-14, NESCAC 3-7) opened the scoring when Katie McCrum converted from downtown, but Hynes responded by netting five straight points to begin an 11-0 run for the Camels to set the tone for the remainder of the contest. The hosts led by as many as eight during the frame when junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) canned a trifecta and held a 19-14 advantage through 10 minutes of action.
Connecticut College (15-8, NESCAC 4-6) established control in the second by limiting the Mules to five points in the second quarter as well as 15.4 percent shooting from the floor. Junior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) extended the margin to double figures at 24-14 by finishing a pass from sophomore Nancy Coulverson (Queens, N.Y.), and sophomore Sami Ashton drove in for a layup in the final seconds to give her team a 36-19 lead at the break.
The Camels kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second half and ballooned the margin up to 20 on three occasions with Hynes once again leading the way. Hynes scored the team's first five points and seven of the first nine to make it a 45-25 game at the midway point of the quarter. Corcoran then put the game away when she extended the lead to 25 at 61-38 when she hit a jumper with 6:03 on the clock.
Hynes, who was recognized for her contributions to the program prior to the contest, notched a double-double by contributing 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Connecticut College. Corcoran netted 16 points, while Ashton finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Colby was paced by McCrum in the losing effort. She finished with 15 points, three boards and three helpers. Haley Driscoll concluded the game with seven points and six rebounds.
Connecticut College will now wait to see if it will travel to play Tufts or Bowdoin for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Postseason play begins on Saturday, Feb. 17 after Trinity and Tufts square off tomorrow afternoon to determine final seeding for the championship event.