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Women’s Basketball Surges Past Nichols

Caroline Pangallo

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Seniors Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) and Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) combined to score 25 points in leading the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a convincing 63-30 victory over Nichols on Monday evening at the Luce Field House.

The Camels found themselves trailing by an 8-6 score in the early stages, but back-to-back trifectas by junior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) and senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) sparked a 10-0 run.

Connecticut College, which led 16-10 through 10 minutes of play, outscored its opponent by a commanding 15-3 margin in the second quarter by only allowing the Bison to hit one of their 14 field goal attempts. Corcoran netted five straight points before the lead ballooned to 31-13 when junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) hit a 3-pointer from beyond the arc to give the hosts an 18-point advantage at the recess.

Even though the Camels only managed eight points in the third quarter, their defense limited Nichols to single digits in scoring for two more quarters. Mekaela Fithian-Giantonio nailed a 3-pointer to bring the margin down to 17 at 39-22 by the end of the third, and the Bison never came closer the rest of the way. Freshmen Jenna Whelan (Bernardsville, N.J.), Emily Tripp (Westport, Mass.) and Audrey Shaev (Scarsdale, N.Y.) all connected from downtown during the final stretch to allow the Camels to run away with their ninth win of the season heading into the holiday season.

Pangallo and Corcoran netted 13 and 12 points, respectively, while dishing out three assists apiece to lead the way for Connecticut College. Ashton added seven points and seven boards, while Whelan contributed six points off the bench.

Nichols (3-6), which only made 10 field goals in the contest and shot just 24.4 percent from the field, got a 6-point, 3-rebound effort from Fithian-Giantonio. Isabella Nerney added five points, and Shannon St. Lawrence finished with four points and three steals in a reserve role.

Connecticut College (9-2) will take a break for final exams and return to action when it travels to face Army, an NCAA Division I opponent, on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.