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Women’s Basketball Concludes Season in Record-Breaking NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinal Game At No. 1 Bowdoin

Sami Ashton

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College women's basketball team concluded its 2018-19 season by dropping a NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup to No. 1 Bowdoin by a 96-75 decision on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

Highlighted by the individual effort of junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) for the Camels, numerous records were set or matched in the contest which was most notably the highest-scoring NESCAC Tournament game in league history. The 171 combined points between the teams broke the previous mark of 155 that was established on Feb. 22, 2014 when Trinity edged Connecticut College by a 79-76 decision.

In addition, the Polar Bears' 96 total points and 26 points scored in the first and fourth quarters are also new conference records. Ashton's 29-point outburst tied the record for most points in a game which was previously accomplished by Bowdoin's Katie Bergeron in a semifinal game on Feb. 26, 2011.

The teams continued trading baskets in the highest-scoring quarter in the history of the NESCAC Women's Basketball Tournament. After Bowdoin jumped out to a 13-4 lead, the Camels stormed back and ended the quarter on a 21-13 run. Ashton nailed back-to-back layups down the stretch, and the visitors found themselves only trailing by a 26-25 score through one quarter of action.

The Polar Bears opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to begin establishing control, but Connecticut College did not back down and remained competitive as they did in the previous meeting between the teams a week ago. Ashton provided seven additional points during the frame which ended with the hosts leading by single digits at 45-36 heading into the break.

Bowdoin (25-0), however, lighted up for 51 points in the second half and quickly extended its advantage to twin figures on a 3-pointer by Samantha Roy early in the next frame. The Polar Bears led by 14 at the end of the third quarter and grew their lead to as many as 26 until eventually coming away with the 21-point win to remain undefeated this season.

The Polar Bears had all five of its starters reach double digits in scoring. Taylor Choate led the way with 22 points and three steals, while Maddie Hasson added 20 points and seven boards. Roy finished with 18 points and four assists.

Ashton matched the tournament scoring record by scoring her 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from long range, and 2-of-2 at the line. Senior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) scored 14 points and drilled four 3-pointers to end her career ranked second on the program's all-time list in the category with 169 in her career. Classmate Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) contributed 11 points and six rebounds in her final game as a collegian.

Connecticut College (13-11), which was making its sixth straight NESCAC Tournament appearance, graduates four seniors and is slated to return more than 10 letterwinners next season.