NEW LONDON, Conn.—Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) poured in 22 points to lead the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a convincing 87-69 victory against Bates College at Luce Field House Friday night.
The Camels improved their record to 11-5 and are 2-3 in the NESCAC. The Bobcats slipped to 5-11 with a 2-3 record in conference play.
Caouette buried four three-pointers for the Camels and was 4-for-5 from the foul line. Junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) chipped in with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Camels, shooting 5-for-9 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) reached double figures with 13 points and six assists for the hosts.
Bates College senior forward Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) erupted with 28 points and six boards, converting on 10-of-17 shots from the field and 8-of-10 trips to the charity stripe. Senior guard Bernadette Connors (Windham, N.H.) scored 16 points to go with five rebounds in the loss.
Erin Feeney (Newington, Conn.) put in a reverse layup with 40 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to vault the Camels out to a 22-19 advantage after one. Bates took a 32-31 lead with 2:52 remaining in the half when Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) dialed long distance for the visitors. But Caouette and the Camels ended the half with a 12-0 run to seize control of the contest on their home floor.
With 1:37 remaining before the intermission, Caouette stepped into a passing lane and went end to end, banking in a hoop with some harm to make it 38-32 game. Then with 1:10 remaining Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) assisted Caouette for one of her four triples in the game to make it a 41-32 contest. Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) closed out the first half scoring surge when she put in a runner with four seconds left and the Camels enjoyed a 43-32 lead at the half.
Coppola sparked the Bobcats out of the break with a steal and a field goal to trim the deficit to 43-34. But Caouette pushed the lead back to 79-61, knocking down another three with 4:57 remaining in the third. The Camels carried a 69-55 lead after three quarters of action and continued to pull away for the 87-69 triumph.
Connecticut College enjoyed a 40-30 advantage on the backboards tonight. They limited the visitors to just two threes on 13 attempts. Bates was averaging six threes per game.
The Camels will host Tufts for a 3:00 p.m. game her in New London. The Bobcats will visit Wesleyan for a 3:00 p.m. tilt in Middletown, Conn.