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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 12, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team tied the best start to the season in program history and beat a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) rival in the process with a big second half on the way to an 82-68 win over Bates College on Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Mules improve to 10-1 and tie the program record for the best start in the history of women's basketball at Colby. The 1979-80 team also had a 10-1 record before falling in their 12th game of the season. The 2009-10 team can hold the record alone with a win at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first New England Small College Athletic Conference game of the season.
"I'm so proud of the team," said Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride. "They are playing so hard, but they are also having a lot of fun playing together and that's translating into production."
Colby shot 26-for-33 from the foul line and had a 47-33 rebounding advantage. The Mules entered the game ranked second in NCAA Division III in rebound margin and raised that total up to 12.8 after Tuesday's game. Colby, which ranks ninth nationally in assists per game (17.5), had 19 assists on 24 made baskets.
"We want to be known for our defense and rebounding," Gear McBride said. "We know that we are going to get points because we have so many weapons. We take pride in our rebounding and we don't want anyone to out-rebound us."
Julianne Kowalski (Montville, N.J.) had a double-double in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Samantha Allen (Bridgton, Maine) also had 17 points and shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range, added seven rebounds and four assists. First-year guard Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) had the best game of her young career with 14 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line, and four steals. Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) had 11 points and six boards, Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) finished with eight points and five rebounds, and Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) had seven points and four assists.
Both teams played well in the first half, with Bates (8-6) shooting 54 percent from the field. However, Colby nailed six 3-point shots and went 9-for-12 from the foul line to take a 43-41 margin into intermission.
The game stayed close for the first five minutes of the second half and the teams were tied 52-52. The Mules, though, used a 12-0 run to take a 64-52 lead and controlled the game from that point. Manduca had four points, two steals, and one assist during the scoring run.
"Sam kept us in the game with the 3-point shots in the first half," Gear McBride said. "Diana gave us that spark and energy in the second half. She plays with such confidence."
Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) led Bates with 16 points and four assists, while Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) added 15 points and seven rebounds. Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) had eight points, six rebounds, and five assists for the Bobcats. Taryn O'Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) and Kellie Goodridge (Merrimack, N.H.) also had eight points.
COLBY 82, BATES 68
Allie Beaulieu 7-16 0-0 16; Lauren Yanofsky 4-14 7-11 15; Taryn O'Connell
3-5 2-2 8; Kellie Goodridge 2-5 3-3 8; Annie Burns 4-6 0-0 8; Jessie Igoe
3-4 0-0 6; Christine McCall 2-2 1-1 5; Kelsey Flaherty 0-2 2-3 2; Bri
Hawkins 0-2 0-0 0; Colleen Garvey 0-0 0-2 0; Lauren Dobish 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
25-57 15-22 68.
Julianne Kowalski 6-13 5-7 17; Samantha Allen 5-9 2-2 17; Diana Manduca 3-7
8-8 14; Alison Cappelloni 3-10 2-2 11; Rachael Mack 3-7 2-4 8; Aarika
Ritchie 1-6 5-8 7; Jil Vaughan 1-3 2-2 4; Kelly Potvin 2-7 0-0 4; Jacky
McLaughlin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-64 26-33 82.
Bates......................... 41 27 - 68
Colby......................... 43 39 - 82
3-point goals--Bates 3-17 (Allie Beaulieu 2-6; Kellie Goodridge 1-4; Taryn
O'Connell 0-1; Annie Burns 0-1; Kelsey Flaherty 0-1; Lauren Dobish 0-1;
Lauren Yanofsky 0-3), Colby 8-24 (Samantha Allen 5-9; Alison Cappelloni 3-9;
Aarika Ritchie 0-3; Jacky McLaughlin 0-1; Diana Manduca 0-2). Fouled
out--Bates-Christine McCall, Colby-None. Rebounds--Bates 33 (Lauren Yanofsky
7), Colby 47 (Julianne Kowalski 10). Assists--Bates 16 (Annie Burns 5),
Colby 19 (Aarika Ritchie 4; Samantha Allen 4). Total fouls--Bates 24, Colby
22. Technical fouls--Bates-None, Colby-None. A-200