NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team dropped a non-conference game to Eastern Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College got off to a fast start and jumped out to a 5-1 lead by getting a layup from senior captain Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) on the first possession followed by the first of three 3-point field goals from classmate Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine). Even though the Warriors answered with an 8-0 run, the Camels came back and regained the lead by getting back-to-back trifectas from Howe which made it 15-12 with 55 seconds left. Howe scored 11 of the team's 17 total points in the opening frame by shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-3 from long range.
The hosts stayed ahead at the beginning of the second quarter, but a good jumper by Anna Berry gave the Warriors a 20-19 edge and a lead they would not relinquish in the frame. Eastern Connecticut State had a 9-0 advantage in points off turnovers in the 10 minutes of action and held a 32-29 advantage at the break.
The Camels chipped away at the deficit in the third quarter and briefly moved ahead when a free throw by junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) made it 38-37. However, Mya Villard got herself to the charity stripe on the next possession and made both of her shots to spark a 9-3 run for the remainder of the frame.
Eastern Connecticut State (3-1), which led 46-41 after three quarters of play, got to the free throw line 15 times and converted 13 attempts in the fourth to ultimately sink the Camels. Lizzy Cretella extended the margin to twin figures by draining a jumper to give the visitors a 52-42 lead, and a driving layup by Barry with 50 seconds left put the Warriors ahead by 14 and the game out of reach.
Julie Keckler, Barry, and Villard all finished with 17 points to lead the way for Eastern Connecticut State. Villard also registered a double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds, while Barry filled the stat sheet by contributing eight boards, three steals, and three blocked shots.
Walsh led Connecticut College in scoring with 13 points off the bench. Senior Dana Muckstadt corralled 13 rebounds for the second straight game and also finished with four assists and two blocks, while freshman Molly Cronin reached double digits with 10 points.
Connecticut College (3-3) will play its third straight game at home when it next hosts Trinity for a non-conference matchup on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.