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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 16, 2010
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- First a win over Bates College, now a victory over Bowdoin College for the Colby College women's basketball team.
The Mules set a team record for the best start in program history at 11-1 overall after knocking off eighth-ranked and defending New England Small College Athletic Conference champion Bowdoin on its home court on Saturday.
The Mules won their seventh straight game and moved past the 1979-80 for the best start by a Colby women's basketball team in program history. The 1979-80 team also had a 10-1 record, but lost in the 12th game of the season.
Possibly more important than the record is that Colby is now 1-0 in the NESCAC and should garner some national and regional attention after knocking off Bates and Bowdoin in the same week. The Mules had not beaten Bates since the 2002-03 season and Colby had dropped 19 straight games to Bowdoin dating back to February 2001.
Rachael Mack had 13 points, including a 7-for-9 effort from the foul line, and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Colby. Senior Alison Cappelloni, who had suffered through the most setbacks to Bowdoin of any Colby player on the roster, had 13 points and shot 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Samantha Allen added 11 points and made two 3-point shots, while Julianne Kowalski finished with 10 points and seven boards. Diana Manduca scored six points and added four assists and three steals. Jil Vaughan also came up with some big baskets among her six points.
Colby shot 17-for-24 from the foul line compared to Bowdoin's 3-for-8 effort. The Mules also were better from long range, making 5-for-14 from 3-point range to the Polar Bears' 1-for-13. The Mules, who entered the week ranked second nationally in rebound margin, had a 38-33 advantage on the boards.
Bowdoin did not have the balanced scoring the Mules had in the game. Leah Rubega was tough with 16 points and 13 rebounds and teammate Caitlin Hynes finished with 14 points. However, no other Polar Bear had more than seven points and the top rebounder besides Rubega had five.
Colby, which has had problems early in past games with Bowdoin, darted out to a 9-4 lead after four minutes and stayed close the entire first half as the Polar Bears took a 31-29 lead at intermission.
The Mules had an early scare in the second half as Bowdoin, which has won eight of the nine NESCAC titles since the league started a playoff system, took a 43-37 lead with 14:43 to play. The Mules, though, received two straight baskets from Vaughan and a jumper from Manduca to tie the game at 43-43.
Bowdoin once again took a small lead into the final 10 minutes of the game and led 53-52 after Rubega scored inside with 7:24 to play. Cappelloni nailed a 3-point shot with 6:12 to play to put the Mules up for good at 55-53 and Colby went on an 8-0 run to take a 60-53 margin with three minutes to play. The Mules went 4-for-6 from the foul line in the final 35 seconds to put the game away.
COLBY 64, BOWDOIN 56
COLBY (11-1 (1-0))
Alison Cappelloni 4-11 2-2 13; Rachael Mack 3-10 7-9 13; Samantha Allen 4-7
1-1 11; Julianne Kowalski 4-9 2-3 10; Diane Manduca 1-3 4-7 6; Jil Vaughan
3-4 0-0 6; Jacky McLaughlin 1-4 1-2 3; Kelly Potvin 1-1 0-0 2; Aarika
Ritchie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 17-24 64.
BOWDOIN (12-2 (0-1))
Leah Rubega 8-13 0-0 16; Caitlin Hynes 7-11 0-0 14; Ellery Gould 3-8 0-0 7;
Amy Hackett 3-4 0-0 6; Katie Bergeron 2-7 2-3 6; Sabrina Cote 1-8 1-2 3;
Kaitlin Donahoe 1-4 0-1 2; Colleen Sweeney 1-3 0-0 2; Nicole Coombes 0-0 0-2
0; Jill Henrikson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 3-8 56.
Colby......................... 29 35 - 64
Bowdoin....................... 31 25 - 56
3-point goals--Colby 5-14 (Alison Cappelloni 3-7; Samantha Allen 2-5; Diane
Manduca 0-1; Jacky McLaughlin 0-1), Bowdoin 1-13 (Ellery Gould 1-4; Caitlin
Hynes 0-1; Amy Hackett 0-1; Katie Bergeron 0-3; Sabrina Cote 0-3; Jill
Henrikson 0-1). Fouled out--Colby-None, Bowdoin-None. Rebounds--Colby 38
(Rachael Mack 10), Bowdoin 33 (Leah Rubega 13). Assists--Colby 11 (Diane
Manduca 4), Bowdoin 18 (Katie Bergeron 6). Total fouls--Colby 13, Bowdoin
20. Technical fouls--Colby-None, Bowdoin-None. A-1010