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Wesleyan Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Defeat Connecticut College, 68-60

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18
Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – A strong fourth quarter performance by the Wesleyan University women's basketball team helped propel the Cardinals past Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon in Silloway Gymnasium, 68-60.

Caleigh Ryan recorded her second consecutive double-double and second-straight 20-point game with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds to help Wesleyan improve to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC. Four players scored in double-figures for the Camels as they dropped to 11-6 and 2-3. Caroline Pangallo led the way with a team-high 17 points, while Margaret Corcoran tallied a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Connecticut College came out hot as Pangallo converted a 3-point play followed by a layup from Sami Ashton. However, the Cardinals responded nicely and a basket by Ryan at the 4:45 mark put the home team ahead for the first time, 10-9.
  • Wesleyan continued to increase its lead and with 3:14 on the clock, a layup by Olivia Gorman capped off a 10-0 run as the Cardinals pulled ahead by seven.
  • The Camels cut the deficit to one with a basket by Ashley Howe in the closing minute as they trailed 18-17 after 10 minutes of play.
  • With 8:10 on the clock in the second quarter, a bucket by Pangallo gave the visitors a 21-18 lead to cap off a 12-2 run.
  • The rest of the half went back-and-forth with the margin never exceeding three points.
  • Wesleyan held Connecticut College scoreless for the final 2:09 as a jumper by Ryan and a layup from Ava Tompkins gave the home team a 31-28 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Camels opened the second half on a 7-0 run and led for the majority of the quarter.
  • Following the run, both teams exchanged baskets, once again, as the third featured three ties and nine lead changes.
  • Trailing by one entering the fourth, 50-49, the Cardinals eventually regained a lead with 7:43 to play in regulation following a 3-pointer by Gorman. However, just seconds later, Pangallo hit one from deep to give the Camels a 55-54 advantage.
  • With 5:40 to play in the game, a jumper by Corcoran put the visitors ahead by four, 58-54, to force a Wesleyan timeout. From that point on, the Cardinals allowed just two more points as they outscored the Camels 14-2 down the stretch.
  • Tara Berger knotted the game at 58-58 with a jumper in the paint, and a basket by Ryan roughly a minute later put the Cardinals on top for good with 3:09 to play.
  • Much like the end of the first half, Connecticut College did not score in the final two minutes of regulation as Wesleyan prevailed with the eight-point victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Saturday's game featured 19 lead changes and four ties. 
  • Ryan was 10-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown. She also recorded a game-high five steals and dished out three assists. She was joined in double-figures by Gorman and Berger with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Additionally, Tompkins finished with seven points, nine rebounds, and a season-high seven assists.
  • Pangallo finished 6-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 from behind-the-arc for Connecticut College. Ashton finished with 14 points and Kylie Caouette scored 13 off the bench. Corcoran and Dana Muckstadt led the team in assists with three each, while Corcoran also recorded a team-high two steals and a blocked shot.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action on Monday, Jan. 21 and will host No. 5 Amherst College in a non-conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.