MADISON, N.J. – Junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) scored a career-high 27 points and senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) registered a double-double to propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 71-58 win over FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon.
The entire first half was tightly contested and ended in a 35-35 tie, as the Devils got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Jennah Roman heading into the recess. Connecticut College, however, exploded in the third and outscored the hosts by a 19-4 margin to take control. Ashton and Corcoran led the Camels by combining for nine points during a 10-0 run before senior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) set up classmate Julia Wanfried (Westfield, N.J.) for an old-fashioned 3-point play which gave the guests a 54-39 advantage through 30 minutes of action.
The hot third quarter gave Connecticut College more than enough insurance to win their seventh straight game to open the 2018-19 campaign, Ashton opened the scoring in the fourth by stealing the ball and finishing with a fast break layup and helped the team maintain a 17-point advantage by finishing a pass from Wanfried with 6:15 left. The Devils put a scare into the Camels by slashing the deficit down to six at 62-56 with 2:39 remaining, but a technical foul called on Kayla Croswell sent Pangallo to the free throw line and killed their momentum. Junior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) and Corcoran made charity shots to extend the lead back to twin figures for the remainder of the contest.
Ashton led Connecticut College (7-0) by shooting 8-of-17 from the field, including 1-of-2 from long distance, and 10-of-12 at the line. Corcoran finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) added 11 points off the bench.
FDU-Florham (3-3) was paced by Croswell's 28-point effort. She also recorded three steals before becoming one of two Devils to foul out of the game. Cayla Staggers notched 10 points to go along with five assists, and Imani Collins pulled down 12 boards.
Connecticut College will begin a three-game homestand before final exams when it hosts Emmanuel on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.