FRANKLIN, Mass. – Senior Nancy Coulverson (Queens, N.Y.) registered her first career double-double as the Connecticut College women's basketball team won the Dean College Tip-Off Tournament by defeating the host Bulldogs, 68-55, on Sunday afternoon.
Connecticut College (2-0) nearly led from wire-to-wire. After Makayla Rudder completed a 3-point play the old-fashioned way, senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) and junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) hit back-to-back jumpers to give the Camels a lead they would never relinquish.
Meanwhile, the visitors defensively became practically impenetrable. Following Rudder's field goal that opened the scoring at the 9:18 mark of the first quarter, the Bulldogs failed to convert a field goal until Alexah Potter finished a pass from Rudder to make it 17-10 with 7:58 remaining in the second and more than 11 minutes later. The Camels ballooned their lead up to 14 at 29-15 on a trey off the hands of Molly Cronin and led by 14 at recess.
Dean (1-3) staged a furious rally attempt in the second half and made it a one-possession game on two occasions in the third and once in the fourth, but the Camels always had an answer. Sophomore Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) extended the lead to double digits, 47-37, with 2:54 left in the third and nailed a key jumper during the midway part of the fourth quarter to help keep her team ahead the rest of the way. Five different players converted from the charity stripe to help the Camels end the afternoon with a double-digit win.
Coulverson had a career afternoon for Connecticut College by finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ashton netted 22, and Gulbin provided 10 points and five boards off the bench. Senior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) finished with three blocks for the second straight game along with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs were led by Rudder and Sadie Homer in the losing effort. Rudder had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards, while Homer ended the game with 15 points.
Connecticut College remains on the road to next face Emmanuel on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.