NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team dropped a non-conference contest to Trinity by a 60-38 score on Thursday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Trinity (7-1) led almost from wire-to-wire in the contest. After senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) canned a 3-pointer to give the Camels a 3-2 lead at the 9:17 mark of the first, Bria Fuller converted a layup at the other end to spark an 8-0 run to give the Bantams a comfortable lead they would never relinquish. Madison Stevens then drained a jumper which beat the buzzer to extend the lead to twin figures at 18-8 to close out the first quarter.
The second quarter was more evenly played. Connecticut College attempted to rally and got seven straight points to pull within five when Audrey Shaev (Scarsdale, N.Y.) hit a 3-pointer to make it 20-15. The Bantams, however, responded and pushed their lead back up to double digits by the end of the frame when Naia Saddler drove in for a layup to give the visitors a 28-17 advantage into the recess.
The Camels did not give up and made another push to get back into the game during the third quarter by slashing the deficit down to five. Sophomore Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) keyed an 8-0 run hitting three jump shots in a span of three minutes to make it 30-25 with 3:49 remaining.
But despite the strong effort to close the gap, the Bantams recovered and scored 18 of the next 20 points during the third and fourth quarters to take control and put the game out of reach. The margin grew to as many as 25 points on two occasions, beginning with Kaylen Campbell driving in for a layup to create a 58-33 score with 1:49 on the clock, before Camel sophomore Jenna Whelan (Bernardsville, N.J.) made a 3-pointer to seal the final outcome.
Fuller registered a team-leading 17 points to lead the way for Trinity. Liz Althoff contributed 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists, while Katie Kirsch netted eight points.
O'Sullivan paced Connecticut College (3-4) with 14 points off the bench, which included shooting 6-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-4 from long range. Senior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, and Ashton recorded eight points and grabbed five boards.
Connecticut College will play its final game of the semester before breaking for final exams when it visits Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.