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Women’s Basketball Defeats Worcester State, 61-46, on the Road

Sami Ashton

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team improved its record to a perfect 6-0 by registering a 61-46 road victory over Worcester State at Brissette Court on Thursday evening.

After a tight first quarter, the Camels began pulling away by lighting up for 20 points offensively in the second frame. Despite falling behind by scores of 10-9 and 16-14, the visitors regrouped and embarked on a 10-0 run with junior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) leading the charge. The point guard drilled a 3-pointer to give her team the lead back and followed with a layup the next time down the floor to ignite the Camels and put them in control. Senior captain Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) then gave the visitors a 29-20 lead at the break by stealing the ball from Cate Blatchford and finishing on the other end.

Ashton continued to give the Lancers fits by scoring seven points, dishing out two assists, recording two steals and grabbing a rebound before the midway point of the third quarter. The Camels held a commanding 45-25 advantage after the point guard swiped the ball from Brittany Herring and drove in for a layup, which was more than enough insurance for the team to come away with its sixth straight win to start the season.

Connecticut College (6-0) was led by Ashton's season-high 20-point outburst. She also corralled seven rebounds and finished with four assists and two steals. Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) reached twin figures in scoring with 11 points, while junior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) fell just shy of a double-double with eight points and eight boards.

Kate Surprenant and Kaitlyn Berkel paced Worcester State in the defeat. Surprenant had a team-leading 14 points, and Berkel contributed 12 points, eight boards and four blocks.

Connecticut College will next travel to New Jersey to face FDU-Florham on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.