NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to Trinity by a 64-54 score on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Trinity burst out to a 16-2 advantage in the first five minutes with Peace Kabari and Courtney Erickson combining for 10 of the points during the hot stretch. But after Erin Cunningham nailed a trifecta, junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) hit a shot from downtown on the other end to get the Camels going. The hosts ended the quarter on an 8-2 run and trailed by an 18-10 score through one quarter.
Connecticut College, which recognized its four seniors prior to the contest, continued to slice into the deficit in the second quarter and eventually took the lead with Ashton continuing to lead the charge. The point guard drove in a for three layups to make it a one-possession game at 20-17, and Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) then came off the bench to help the Camels close out the quarter on a high note. The freshman hit a free throw to bring the hosts within one and then drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from senior Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) with 19 seconds on the clock to give her team a 26-24 advantage at recess.
The Camels never surrendered the lead during the third quarter. Even though Allie Morin tied the game at 28s with 7:33 remaining, Pangallo helped start a 10-2 run by finding senior classmate Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) for a trifecta and then hitting one herself. Trinity started to rally and came within one when Erickson hit a jumper, but Ashton drove through the right side and finished an old-fashioned 3-point play at the line to give the hosts a 41-37 edge through 30 minutes of play.
Trinity, however, was able to complete a comeback by rallying in the fourth and final frame. After Camel senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) canned three straight shots from long distance, Kabari found Allie Morin for a 3-pointer and then gave the Bantams their first lead since the second quarter at 52-51 with 3:35 remaining by putting back her own miss. Becky Reifler then added a 3-pointer to continue a Bantam streak of netting 13 unanswered in a stretch of 3:28. The Bantams hit additional free throws in the final minute and got a buzzer-beating layup from Erickson to clinch the double-digit victory.
Erickson led Trinity (18-4, NESCAC 5-3) by registering a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kabari matched the feat by finishing with 16 points and 13 boards to go along with five assists and five steals.
Ashton netted a team-leading 16 points to pace Connecticut College. Corcoran finished with 11 points, while Caouette and Pangallo finished with seven and five points, respectively, in their final appearance at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College (12-9, NESCAC 3-5) will next visit top-ranked Bowdoin on Friday evening at 7 p.m.