HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut College women's basketball team dropped a non-conference meeting with Trinity by a 77-66 decision on Saturday afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium.
Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.), who was coming off a career performance, put the Camels ahead on the first possession of the game by driving in for an unassisted layup. Trinity, however, answered on the other end and took a lead they would never relinquish by getting back-to-back trifectas from Becky Reifler and Allie Morin to cap an 8-0 run. Peace Kabari converted layups on consecutive plays to put the Bantams in control by an 18-4 score with 2:51 left.
Connecticut College (8-2) tried to slice into the deficit throughout the second quarter and brought the margin down to seven at 18-11 when junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) hit a jump shot, but the Bantams quickly responded and regained their double-digit lead.
After Erin Cunningham ended the first half on a high note by nailing a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the second quarter, the Bantams built off that momentum in the third quarter and continued what would be a streak of 11 unanswered. Cunningham continued to carry the team by dialing up again from downtown on the Bantams' first possession and ended the run with a layup by putting back a missed 3-point attempt by Morin to give the hosts a commanding 40-23 advantage. The margin grew to as many as 20 by the end of the third, which would prove to be too much of a deficit for the Camels to overcome in the fourth and final frame.
All five starters for Trinity (8-0) scored in double figures. Kabari posted a double-double and filled the box score by finishing the game with 19 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks. Courtney Erickson added 17 points and seven boards, while Reifler netted 14 and matched Erickson's rebounding mark.
The Camels were led by Ashton, who had a game-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) contributed 24 points, which included drilling seven shots from long range to account for most of her scoring, to go along with ending the game with six rebounds, three helpers and two steals.
Connecticut College (8-2) will next host Nichols on Monday evening at 7 p.m. before taking exams later in the week.