Hartford, Conn. - Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) led all players with 28 points to lead the visiting Connecticut College Camels to a 74-63 victory over the Trinity College Bantams on Monday night at Oosting Gymnasium on Trinity's campus in Hartford. Despite being New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes, the game was not officially a conference matchup that counts towards either teams league record. The loss is the first of the season for Trinity who falls to 6-1 overall while the Camels improve to 6-1 on the year. Trinity returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Gordon College for a 7 p.m. tilt in the team's final game before the holiday break.
Both teams went back and forth in the game's first few minutes before Connecticut College found themselves ahead 14-5 after a pair of free throws, followed by a layup down low from Hynes The Bantams called a timeout which preceded a quick 6-2 Camel run, who took a 20-9 lead with 2:28 left to go in the opening quarter. A three-pointer by Bantam junior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.), followed by a layup by rookie Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) with six seconds left cut the deficit to 20-12 after one.
The Bantams played a strong second quarter to make it a five-point game, 37-32, at the halftime break. The comeback began when sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) stole the ball and finished with a layup in transition, but the visitors fought back and built the margin back up to double digits when Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) put together a 3-point play the old-fashioned way to make it 31-21 with 3:14 before the intermission. Trinity chipped away though, ignited by a three-point play from Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) followed by a layup from the junior, to end the half on a 11-6 run.
The Camels got off to a quick start in the third quarter thanks to a triple from Kyle Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) on the opening possession. The hosts came within two when junior Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) sank two free throws at the 4:56 mark, but the Camels recovered and got a three from Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) and a long jumper from Hynes to keep Trinity at arm's length.
Erickson converted a jumper from the left corner to make it 53-51 in the early stages of the fourth quarter but Julia Wanfried (Westfield, N.J.) drilled a three-pointer from the left arc on the other end to put the Camels back ahead by five. Another one-possession deficit was erased by a Hynes layup while Walsh made four free throws down the stretch to help lift Connecticut College to the 11-point victory.
Erickson paced Trinity with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks while classmate Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) and Kabari added 12 points apiece. Kabari also contributed four assists and four steals while Reifler chipped in seven points off the bench. Hynes netted a game-high 28 points by shooting 9-of-15 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the stripe for Connecticut College, which shot 94.7 percent from the free throw line and finished with a commanding 37-21 advantage on the boards. Caouette filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Corcoran came just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine boards. Walsh added 19 points and sank five shots from beyond the arc.