NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) established a career high for rebounds and matched another collegiate best and junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) redirected five shots to help propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 77-62 victory over Coast Guard on Sunday at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College (4-0) led from wire-to-wire and burst out of the gates by scoring the first seven points and 13 of the first 15. Pangallo led the early charge by scoring four points and setting up two other buckets during the hot stretch. Junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.), who had four assists in the frame, then found Muckstadt in the right corner for a 3-pointer to give the Camels a commanding 18-6 advantage through the opening quarter.
The Bears attempted to chip away at the deficit and brought the margin back down to single digits at 22-13 when Kyra Hartman canned a shot from downtown in the first three minutes of the second quarter. However, the Camels shook off the run and got back-to-back layups from Pangallo to stay in control. Muckstadt, who blocked an unprecedented four shots on the same sequence during the frame, sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to make it 35-22 at recess.
In the second half, Connecticut College once again came out on fire and built its lead up to 20 at 46-26 by getting a pair of layups from Ashton. The margin then ballooned to as many as 23 when senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) made one of two free throws at the 3:27 mark of the third, and the reserves kept the foot on the gas pedal the rest of the way.
Pangallo netted a team-leading 18 points, which matched a career best, and set a career high by pulling down seven rebounds for Connecticut College. Ashton contributed 17 points and five assists, while Muckstadt established a career mark with five blocked shots. Freshman Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) and junior Haley Vanty (Berlin, Mass.) combined for 16 points off the bench and grabbed two boards apiece.
Coast Guard (1-4) was paced by Micaela Martinelli's 21-point, 7-rebound effort. Emma Puddington contributed nine points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Camels will look to remain undefeated when they travel to face Mitchell on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.