Win streak at eight for women's basketball

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 18, 2010
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Jacky McLaughlin

BOSTON, Mass. --- The winning streak is at eight games in a row and the program-best start is 12-1 after the Colby College women's basketball team coasted to a 64-37 non-conference win over Wentworth Institute of Technology on Monday night.

Rachael Mack was 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the foul line on the way to 14 points and seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. Julianne Kowalski finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Alison Cappelloni tied Mack for game-high point honors with 14 as she was 3-for-5 from 3-point range. First-year guard Jacky McLaughlin had a solid game with six points, four assists, and four steals. Samantha Allen and Aarika Ritchie also had four assists, while Jil Vaughan finished with eight rebounds.

"I am really proud of the way the girls responded tonight after such a tough game on Saturday at Bowdoin," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "They had great focus and played great team basketball once again."

Colby, the second-ranked rebounding team in the country, had a 49-31 advantage on the boards. The Mules also had 19 assists on their 26 made baskets. Colby held Wentworth (7-8) to 25 percent (15-for-60) shooting.

"Our post players did a real nice job tonight controlling the paint, which was the big difference in the game," Gear McBride said.  "We take great pride in our defense and unselfish approach and I thought we had great efforts in both of those areas."

Wentworth stayed in the game for the first 10 minutes before the Mules pulled away. The score was tied at 11-11 about seven minutes into the contest and WIT only trailed 18-16 with 6:04 to halftime. Colby, though, used a 14-3 scoring run to go up 32-19 at the break.

The Mules scored the first nine points of the second half to turn the game into a rout at 41-19.

"Wentworth is a much-improved team and they did a good job disrupting us early in the game," Gear McBride said.  "I was pleased with the way we maintained our composure and used a pair of runs to put the game out of reach."

Michelle Fauci paced WIT with 10 points and six rebounds.

Colby takes its eight-game winning streak into Friday's away game at Tufts University at 6 p.m. Colby, now 12-1 overall, continues to be off to the best start for a women's basketball team at Colby since the program began in 1968.


COLBY (12-1)

Rachael Mack 5-8 4-4 14; Alison Cappelloni 5-9 1-1 14; Julianne Kowalski

5-10 1-2 11; Diana Manduca 3-6 0-0 6; Jacky McLaughlin 2-4 0-0 6; Jil

Vaughan 2-7 0-1 4; Aarika Ritchie 2-5 0-0 4; Kelly Potvin 1-4 1-4 3;

Samantha Allen 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 26-57 7-12 64.


Michelle Fauci 4-10 1-2 10; Morgan Furman 3-8 1-2 7; Meaghan Murphy 3-12 0-0

6; Ashley Conway 2-4 0-0 5; Kirsten Vallone 1-8 2-2 4; Jessie Coffey 1-9 0-0

3; Michelle Moffo 1-3 0-0 2; Meaghan Gardner 0-6 0-0 0; Michele Harrington

0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-60 4-6 37.

Colby.........................   32   32  -   64

Wentworth.....................   19   18  -   37

3-point goals--Colby 5-14 (Alison Cappelloni 3-5; Jacky McLaughlin 2-2;

Diana Manduca 0-2; Aarika Ritchie 0-1; Samantha Allen 0-3; Julianne Kowalski

0-1), Wentworth 3-18 (Jessie Coffey 1-7; Ashley Conway 1-1; Michelle Fauci

1-4; Kirsten Vallone 0-1; Meaghan Gardner 0-4; Meaghan Murphy 0-1). Fouled

out--Colby-None, Wentworth-None. Rebounds--Colby 49 (Julianne Kowalski 10),

Wentworth 31 (Morgan Furman 6; Michelle Fauci 6). Assists--Colby 19

(Samantha Allen 4; Jacky McLaughlin 4; Aarika Ritchie 4), Wentworth 13

(Michelle Moffo 3). Total fouls--Colby 12, Wentworth 13. Technical

fouls--Colby-None, Wentworth-None. A-72



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