BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to Babson by a 67-56 score in the consolation game of the Judy Pearson Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Although they were challenged by the Camels, Babson scored the first four points and led for nearly the entire game. The Camels, however, stayed in the contest by scoring 14 of their first 19 points off of turnovers and then tied the match at 22s when senior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) drilled the team's fifth trifecta from the right corner at the 4:12 mark.
Connecticut College tied the game again at 24-all and forced the Beavers to call a timeout, as senior Dana Muckstadt (Dover, Mass.) corralled an offensive board and finished with a right-handed layup with 2:38 left. But the hosts would not relinquish the lead by getting a layup from Nicole Hiller on their next possession. The Camels tied the game again courtesy of a bucket by sophomore Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.), and the teams headed into the recess deadlocked at 26.
The visitors took their first lead by beginning the second half on a 5-0 run, as sophomore Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) set up junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) for a layup and senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) canned a 3-pointer. However, the Beavers responded by rattling off 11 straight to go ahead, 37-31, by the midway point. The hosts took advantage of being in the bonus for the last five minutes of the third quarter by sinking three charity shots to go along with two jumpers and held a 44-43 edge through 30 minutes of action.
Babson (5-5), which only trailed in the early stages of the third quarter, never fell behind in the fourth despite getting a strong effort from the Camels. After sophomore Emily Tripp (Westport, Mass.) nailed a trey to tie the game at 46s, Katherine Tamulionis sank a jumper to keep the hosts ahead for good. Following two instances in which the Camels made it a one-possession game courtesy of Ashton, the Beavers got a key 3-pointer from Hiller and converted free throws down the stretch to pull out the ??-point win.
Jacqueline Jozefick registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards to help lead Babson to the consolation victory. Bauman scored a team-leading 19 points, which included going 12-of-12 from the line, while Hiller added 12 points and six rebounds.
Ashton paced Connecticut College in scoring with 19 points and also led the squad with four assists and three steals. Muckstadt finished the game with 11 rebounds and three blocks, which were both team bests, and Walsh contributed 11 points to earn all-tournament accolades. Tripp established a career high with five rebounds and matched another by scoring five points off the bench.
Connecticut College (4-7) will begin NESCAC action as well as a four-game homestand when it hosts Colby on Friday evening at 7 p.m.