NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team dropped its first game of the season to Emmanuel by a 79-67 score on Tuesday evening at the Luce Field House.
Emmanuel (5-1) got a trifecta from Maddie McLaughlin at the 8:52 mark of the first quarter to open the scoring and never trailed in the opening half. McLaughlin then completed a 3-point play the old-fashioned way by finishing a pass from Caitlin Cipriano and sinking the ensuing free throw to give the Saints a 17-7 advantage through 10 minutes of action.
The visitors continued to dominate and extended their lead to 15 at 25-10 when McLaughlin found Mary McCarthy with 7:43 to play. Connecticut College stormed back and took its first lead of the game when junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) drilled a 3-pointer and then drove in for a layup to create a 34-30 score, but the Saints recovered and were able to regain the led by the break with McLaughlin continuing to do the damage. The senior canned a trey and set up a Nicole Orr layup to give her team a 35-34 edge at halftime.
The Camels quickly seized the lead again when senior Caroline Pangallo made a 3-pointer from the arc to make it 37-35. However, McLaughlin was able to answer from long distance on the other end to give the Saints a lead they would never relinquish. The guard made a layup to give Emmanuel a 55-47 lead through three quarters and then dialed up from long range again to extend the margin to twin figures early in the fourth. Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda extended the margin to as many as 16 at the free throw line, and the Camels never came closer than 12 the rest of the way.
McLaughlin led Emmanuel by racking up 36 points and six assists. She shot 11-of-19 from the floor, including 8-of-12 from long range, and 6-of-8 at the line. Ramirez-Tejeda posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Kayla Weaver added 11 points and four assists.
Ashton scored 26 points while also finishing with three assists, three steals and three blocked shots to pace the Camels in the setback. Freshman Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.), meanwhile, had a breakthrough performance by scoring 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from long range. Junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) grabbed nine rebounds and was among three Camels to block one shot.
Connecticut College (7-1) will next host Roger Williams on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.