NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Meggie Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) led three players in twin figures as the Connecticut College women's basketball team won its home opener over Johnson & Wales by a 78-43 score on Tuesday evening at the Luce Field House.
After missing their first eight shots over the opening four minutes of action, Corcoran sparked a 15-2 run by finishing a pass from captain Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) with 5:48 on the clock. The senior drilled a 3-pointer during the stretch that put the Camels ahead for good before Pangallo added a free throw to make it 18-10 after the first quarter.
The hosts then caught fire in the second frame by shooting a blistering 66.7 percent from the field, including 60 percent from long range, as well as a perfect 4-of-4 at the stripe. Corcoran started the scoring again by sinking a pair of free throws, and the margin ballooned to as many as 24 when Pangallo converted a layup to create a 45-21 score. The captain's basket also capped a 27-point outburst for the Camels over the 10 minutes of action.
Leading 45-25 at the break, Connecticut College (3-0) began the second half by rattling off nine unanswered and only allowed the visitors to score six points in the third quarter. Pangallo found Corcoran for a jumper to begin the stretch and finished it with a trey to prompt a Wildcat timeout. The Camels eventually carried a 31-point cushion into the fourth and never looked back, as the reserves kept the foot on the gas pedal and stretched the margin all the way up to 36 points on three occasions.
Corcoran scored a team-leading 15 points in just 13 minutes of action for Connecticut College by shooting 5-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-2 from long range, and 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. Freshman Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) scored 10 points off the bench, while juniors Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) and Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) blocked three shots apiece. Led by Muckstadt's six, 14 Camels pulled down a rebound to help the team finish the game with a commanding 55-26 advantage in the category.
Johnson & Wales (1-2), which was held to just 22.7 percent shooting from the floor, was paced by Dede Stevenson's 10-point, three-rebound effort. Tiondra Hands added nine points to go along with three assists, while Britney Gallagher finished with nine points and two steals.
Connecticut College will next host Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.