CALDWELL, NJ - Senior Nicole Angelo (Mount Laurel, NJ) led four scorers in double figures as the Caldwell University women's basketball team opened up Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with a, 76-47, win against the Concordia College Clippers.
The Cougars improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the CACC, while the Clippers fall to 1-3 and 0-2 in conference play.
Caldwell took a 7-2 lead early in the first quarter but Concordia chipped away as they made a late run to even the score at 15 after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Clippers took a brief two point early in the period but the Cougars took control and pulled away.
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The Cougars used a 19-4 rally to close the second quarter as they built a double-digit halftime advantage. Angelo drained a pair of triples, while freshman Andie Lennon (Secaucus, NJ) added a triple in the run. Sophomore Kristen Drogsler (Middle Village, NY) dropped in four points as she capped the run with 20 seconds to play to put Caldwell up 34-21 at the break.
The Clippers cut into the Caldwell lead early in the third quarter to trail 37-28 at the 8:36 mark. The Cougars battled back as they closed out the quarter on a 19-4 run to push ahead by 24 points. Sophomore Sharell Sanders (Dorchester, MA) converted a 3-point play and drained a triple, while freshman Caroline Dunn (Denville, NJ) also added a 3-point play in the run. Junior Antoinette Pilla (Scarsdale, NY) added a trifecta in the run as the Cougars pulled ahead at 56-32 after three quarters of play.
Caldwell continued their solid play in the final 10 minutes as Concordia climbed to within 17 points but the Cougars held a double-digit lead to pick up their first CACC win of the season.
For the Cougars, Angelo led the way with 14 points as she was a perfect 4-for-4 from long range. Sanders finished with 10 points, six boards, three assists and two steals, while Drogsler totaled 10 points and four rebounds. Freshman Ashley Merritt (Poughkeepsie, NY) recorded 10 points off the bench, while sophomore Kristen Siscamanis (Winthrop, MA) led the team with seven boards.
The Cougars return to action on Nov. 29 as they host Saint Michael's College in a non-conference tilt at the Newman Center at 1 p.m.