BROOKLINE, Mass. - Camels junior Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in just 20 minutes while coming off the bench as Connecticut College Camels defeated the Newbury Nighthawks, 71-50, on Wednesday evening in non-conference play at Pappas Gymnasium.
It's the second-most points in a game for Caouette's career, she scored a career-high 22 last season but this evening's 19 points were a season-high. Sophomore Sami Ashton (Clinton, Mass.) scored 15 points on 4-of-6 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. Freshman Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) added 14 points in 30 minutes.
Nighthawks senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) finished with a season-high 23 points while adding seven rebounds and five assists. Junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The first quarter was a battle for momentum as neither team led by more than five in, what was, a highly offensive quarter, with the Camels leading 21-17 after one. Caouette scored eight points in the opening quarter.
The Camels seized control in the second quarter with the help of a 17-1 run that spanned over eight minutes. Although the Camels only shot 4-for-14 from the floor in the second quarter, they did their damage at the foul line, going 8-for-8, in a quarter in which Connecticut College outscored Newbury 19-4. The Camels held a 40-21 lead at the half.
Connecticut College stretched their lead in the third quarter, leading by as many as 23. The Nighthawks were able to get within 14 but ultimately trailed 59-39 after three quarters.
The Nighthawks would continue to battle back but the deficit was too much to overcome as Caouette's 11 points in the second half led the Camels to a 71-50 win.
The victory improves the Camels to 9-3 (1-1 NESCAC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 7-7 (4-1 NECC).
The Nighthawks turn their attention to Saturday, as they travel to Becker College to face the New England Collegiate Conference's top team, the Hawks, for a 3:00 p.m. tip. The Camels head back to New England Small College Athletic Conference play as they welcome Amherst College on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. game.