NEW LONDON, Conn.—Connecticut College senior captain Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) netted 18 of her game-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Camels to a 68-63 victory against NESCAC rival Williams College at Luce Field House on senior Sunday in the Whaling City.
Malman shot a scorching 67% from long distance (6-for-9) and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line. She added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals to her stat line. Malman also moved into 11th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,150 points.
The Camels improved their record to 16-6 while evening their NESCAC mark at 4-4. The Ephs slipped to 14-8 with a 3-5 mark in conference action.
Junior Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) chipped in with 17 points and three rebounds for the Camels, connecting on 5-of-9 shots from the field. Sophomore Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) stepped up in a major way as well, scoring 12 points and hauling in 11 boards en route to a double-double in a 5-for-9 shooting performance.
Williams College senior Lauren McCall (Natick, Mass.) had the hot-hand for the visitors, connecting on 6-of-7 shots from the field and was 4-for-5 from three-point distance (80% clip), finishing with 16 points and five rebounds. Junior Kate Fechtelkoffer (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in for the visitors with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Emily Chang (Newton, Mass.) added 10 points in the setback while junior Ammani Fernandez (Queens, N.Y.) hauled in 10 boards from the backcourt.
A hoop in the paint from Nancy Coulverson (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) with 1:59 remaining in the opening quarter vaulted the Camels out to an 18-11 advantage after one. Malman took an inbounds pass from Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) and buried a triple from the left baseline to extend the Camels' edge to 21-11 with 9:26 remaining in the second quarter. Later on in the quarter with 46 seconds left, Pangallo assisted Malman for a jumper that put the hosts up 31-24. But McCall responded for the Ephs, knocking down a trey from the top of the key with 34 seconds left to pull the visitors to within 31-27 at the break.
Williams out-scored the Camels 18-11 in the third quarter to turn their four point deficit into a 45-42 advantage. Fernandez made a terrific pass to Emily Peckham (Howard Beach, N.Y.) on a backdoor cut for an Ephs field goal with 1:49 remaining in the third to put the visitors up 43-39. Malman countered for the Camels with another triple before Fernandez ended the quarter by knocking down a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to vault the visitors out to their 45-42 edge.
In the fourth quarter, Devon Caveney (Andover, Mass.) broke the fourth tie of the contest when she netted a triple from the baseline with 7:40 to play, putting the Ephs on top 50-47. The Camels responded though, reeling off nine straight points to take the lead for good. Malman knotted things up at 50 with a trifecta from the middle of the arc with 6:10 left to play in regulation. Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) closed out the scoring surge with a three-ball from the right side of the arc to put the Camels on top 56-50 with 4:19 remaining in the contest.
McCall trimmed the deficit to 56-52 with four minutes to play, converting a field goal for the visitors. But Malman answered with her biggest shot of the day, burying a three from the left side of the arc just before the shot clock had expired to push the lead back to 59-52 with 3:27 to go. A layup and one on the line from Peckham with 49 seconds remaining pulled the visitors to within 63-61. But the Camels were able to close out the game on the charity stripe, scoring their last five points at the line to seal the 68-63 triumph.
Connecticut College did a nice job on the defensive end, limiting Williams to a 37% field goal percentage and induced 21 Eph turnovers to come away with the victory in the Whaling City.