CLINTON, N.Y. - The Connecticut College women's basketball team raced to a 62-53 road victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
Hamilton led 33-29 at the half and was ahead by a 37-32 score early in the third. The Camels, however, caught fire by embarking on a 17-0 run over a seven-minute span. Junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) tied the score by nailing a trifecta, and classmate Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) also dialed up from downtown to put the visitors ahead for good just 47 seconds later. Freshman Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) capped the hot stretch by converting a layup to make it 49-37, as the Camels only allowed the Continentals to make one field goal throughout the third quarter. Connecticut College entered the fourth and final frame ahead by a 50-38 score and never let the hosts come closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Hamilton jumped out to an 11-4 lead by limiting the Camels to a single basket over the opening five minutes. The Continentals answered a 3-pointer by sophomore Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) by scoring seven unanswered, and Kayla Glemaud made a layup in the waning seconds to give the hosts a 20-10 advantage heading into the second.
Connecticut College, however, clawed its way back by scoring the opening eight points of the second frame and slashing the deficit to just two points when Howe set up Ashton for a trey. The Camels continued to stay within striking distance, despite never regaining the lead for the remainder of the half, and eventually broke through by outscoring the Continentals by a 21-5 margin in the third to eventually come away with their second NESCAC win of the season.
Ashton led Connecticut College by contributing 12 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) chipped in 10 points and five assists off the bench, and junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) also scored in twin figures by registering 10 points.
Liz Arnold paced Hamilton (8-5, NESCAC 0-3) by scoring a game-high 18 points. Kendall Rallins grabbed 10 rebounds, and Mackenzie Aldridge dished out four assists.
Connecticut College (11-5, NESCAC 2-2) travels to face Wesleyan next Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.