NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College will be among eight schools competing in the NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament beginning this weekend.
The Camels, who will be making their sixth straight postseason appearance, are seeded eighth and will travel to face top-seeded Bowdoin on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, Feb. 24 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
Connecticut College (13-10, NESCAC 4-6) enters the tournament fresh off a thrilling 67-65 road win over Colby in the last game of the regular season. The team has been led by its veterans in the junior and senior classes and most notably Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.). The junior point guard has provided a spark on both ends of the floor, as she leads the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), assists (1.8 pg) and steals (1.6 pg). In addition, her scoring and steals marks rank third and ninth in the league, respectively.
Other notable contributors have included seniors Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) and Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) as well as junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.). Corcoran averages 10.2 points and a team-leading 5.7 rebounds, while Pangallo contributes 7.2 points and 1.4 assists. Muckstadt is among the league leaders in blocked shots for the second straight season, redirecting 1.3 per game, and senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) has added depth off the bench. She scores at an 8.7 clip and ranks second on the program's all-time list with 165 3-point field goals.
Bowdoin (24-0, NESCAC 10-0) is the top-ranked team in the country as well as one of only three remaining NCAA Division III programs – and five across all levels – with an unblemished record. The Polar Bears, who have won eight NESCAC titles, will be hosting Connecticut College for the second time in a week after posting a 69-58 victory over the Camels and being challenged over the course of the evening.
Senior Abby Kelly and junior Maddie Hasson power the league's top-scoring offense by averaging 14.8 and 14.3 points, respectively, while Hasson also leads all NESCAC players with a blistering .635 field goal percentage. Junior Samantha Roy dishes out a league-leading 4.3 assists per game and also accounts for 8.8 points per contest.
Admission to the game between the Camels and Polar Bears will be free, but tickets will be distributed at the door in order to ensure that capacity is not exceeded for Morrell Gymnasium. Tickets will be available beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, one hour prior to tip-off.