NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) scored a career-high 24 points and matched a career mark with 12 rebounds as the Connecticut College women's basketball team rallied to post a 65-53 victory over Roger Williams on Thursday evening at the Luce Field House.
The Camels trailed by a 33-24 score at the half before outscoring the Hawks by a 23-6 margin in the third quarter to establish control. Corcoran ignited the hosts by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers with junior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) feeding her the ball on each play. Junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) then gave the Camels the lead by converting from downtown herself to make it 37-35 with 5:23 remaining before driving in for a layup and setting up freshman Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) down the stretch.
Roger Williams (3-6) attempted to rally and came within three points to make it a one-possession game when Sam Leone canned a trifecta to create a 54-51 score with 2:31 remaining. However, senior captain Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) was able to answer with a trey at the other end to keep her team ahead. Three Camels then sank charity shots down the stretch to help propel the squad to a 12-point win.
Connecticut College maintained a slim advantage through most of the first quarter. After Alyssa Grant nailed a 3-pointer to temporarily give the Hawks a 3-2 edge in the opening minutes, Corcoran finished a pass from Pangallo and Ashton drove in for an unassisted layup to put the Camels ahead. Senior Kylie Caouette stole the ball and finished to give the hosts a 14-10 advantage with 1:40 remaining, but the Hawks came back and tied the game at the end of the first by getting a layup from Karl Opalka.
Roger Williams used momentum it gained at the end of the first quarter and carried it over to the second. Grant put the Hawks ahead by scoring on the team's first possession before a streak of eight unanswered put them firmly in the lead by a 26-19 score. Sam Mancinelli drilled a jumper in the waning seconds to put the visitors ahead by nine at recess before the Camels would respond by rallying in the second half.
In addition to contributing a double-double, Corcoran also racked up four steals and three blocks to lead the way for Connecticut College. Ashton finished with 13 points and four assists, while Pangallo netted twin figures by posting 10 points.
Opalka paced three Roger Williams players who eclipsed double digits in scoring by recording 12 points along with five rebounds. Leone added 10 points and six rebounds, while Mancinelli contributed 10 points.
Connecticut College (8-1) will next travel to Trinity for a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.