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Wesleyan Rallies Past Women’s Basketball in Final Quarter

Caroline Pangallo

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to Wesleyan by a 68-60 score on Saturday afternoon at Silloway Gymnasium. The Cardinals emerged as the victors in a seesaw battle which featured 19 lead changes and four ties by outscoring the Camels by a 19-10 margin in the fourth quarter.

Connecticut College, which trailed 31-28 at the break, came out red hot in the second half. Junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) put together an old-fashioned 3-point play, and senior Margaret Corcoran (Medfield, Mass.) followed with back-to-back layups to cap a 7-0 run and give the Camels a four-point advantage. Following three ties and nine lead changes in the third frame alone, the visitors held a 50-49 edge by getting a putback layup from junior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) in the waning seconds.

The Cardinals, however, made one last big run by rallying in the fourth. After Corcoran put Connecticut College ahead by a 58-54 score with 5:40 to play and prompted a Wesleyan timeout, the hosts ended the game on a 14-2 run which would prove to be the difference. Tara Berger knotted the score at 58s with a jumper, and a layup by Caleigh Ryan put the Cardinals ahead for good with 3:09 remaining.

In the first half, the Camels came out strong and burst ahead by a 5-0 margin with senior captain Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) converting a 3-point play to get things going. The Cardinals then later responded with 10 unanswered, which ended with a layup by Olivia Gorman, and they carried a slim 18-17 advantage through the first frame.

Connecticut College regained the lead in the second quarter by continuing a 12-2 run, and a steal followed by a bucket by Pangallo made it 21-18 in favor of the Camels. The visitors, however, went cold down the stretch by going scoreless over the final 2:09 and found themselves down by three heading into halftime.

Ryan recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for Wesleyan (10-6, NESCAC 2-3). She also finished with five steals and dished out three assists. Gorman and Berger chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, and Ava Tompkins added seven points, nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists.

The Camels were led by Pangallo, who registered 17 points by shooting 6-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Corcoran put together a double-double effort with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) provided a spark off the bench by scoring 13 points. Ashton ended the game with 14 points and six boards.

Connecticut College (11-6, NESCAC 2-3) will next visit Eastern Connecticut State for a non-conference game on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.