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Women’s Basketball Wins NESCAC Opener in Overtime Nail-Bighter Over Colby

Claire Gulbin

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Claire Gulbin (Wilton, Conn.) paced four Camels in twin figures to help propel the Connecticut College women's basketball team to a 70-67 overtime victory over Colby in the NESCAC opener for both schools on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

The entire game was tight, as neither side led by more than four points in the first half or by five at any point during the evening. Colby tied the game at 60 with 27.6 seconds remaining in regulation when Brooke Guiffre sank a pair of free throws, which still provided the Camels the opportunity to take the last shot to earn the win in what would be a wild finish. Even though senior Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) had her pocket picked by Keagan Dunbar when trying to drive inside, a turnover at the other end in transition gave the Camel senior another last-second attempt. Unfortunately, her off-balance shot off a pass from Gulbin missed to force overtime.

The teams played a one-possession game throughout the extra session which would include three more ties and lead changes. Junior Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.), however, was able to successfully drive down the right side and lay the ball in off the backboard despite being double teamed to put the hosts ahead by a 68-67 score with 13.5 seconds left. Gulbin then grabbed a loose ball which resulted in a jump with the Camels having the possession arrow, and the guard also followed up by sinking a pair of charity shots with the Mules forced to foul in the waning seconds.

Colby (4-8, NESCAC 0-1) had an opportunity to tie the ballgame by taking a timeout and moving the ball past midcourt, but a stifling Camel defense would not allow the visitors to get a good look at a 3-point attempt. Guiffre was swarmed by Ashton, Walsh and senior Ashley Howe (Saco, Maine) when receiving the inbounds pass in 3-point territory and was forced inside the arc where she missed a running 15-foot jumper as time was expiring.

Gulbin led Connecticut College (5-7, NESCAC 1-0) with 19 points, six rebounds, four steals, three assists, and one blocked shot. Walsh came just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards, while freshman Molly Cronin (Wellesley, Mass.) and Ashton finished with 10 points apiece.

Alisha Aube scored a team-high 18 points for Colby and Ainsley Burns contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Guiffre chipped in 13 points, six boards, and three assists.

Connecticut College will next host second-ranked and undefeated Bowdoin tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.