Women's basketball tops Trinity in league game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 29, 2010
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Alison Cappelloni

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) moved into 10th place on Colby College's all-time scoring list with 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Mules pulled away for a 75-62 win over Trinity College in New England Small College Athletic Conference women's basketball Friday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Colby, winners of four straight games, move to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC heading into a big 2 p.m. home game with second-ranked Amherst College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bantams, who play at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 2 p.m., fell to 14-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. Amherst took a win over Bowdoin on Friday night.

Cappelloni had all 14 of her rebounds on the defensive end as the Mules had a 47-38 rebounding advantage. She also shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 from the foul line. Cappelloni is shooting 51 percent (42-for-82) from 3-point range and 88 percent (30-for-34) from the foul line this season.

"Alison Cappelloni did so many things well for us tonight," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "She shot the ball extremely well once again but it was her rebounding and defensive effort that distinguished her tonight. Anytime there were two people going for a rebound tonight, Alison came away with it."

Cappelloni moved into 10th place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 1,092 points, breaking a tie with Wendy Bonner '05 (1,074 points) and also passing Debbie Adams '90 (1,088). Cappelloni needs six more points to move up two more places on the list.

The Mules once again had scoring balance. Julianne Kowalski (Montville, N.J.) had 11 points and six rebounds in the second half to finish with 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) added 12 points and nine rebounds, Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) had 11 points and four assists, and Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) had 10 points and three steals.

"We knew going into the game that we'd need to take advantage of our size and play well in the post and we did that, especially in the second half," Gear McBride said. "Julianne Kowalski and Rachael Mack were big for us throughout the game tonight."

After Colby took a 30-28 halftime lead, the game stayed tight for the opening five minutes of the second half. Trinity took a 36-33 lead when Rebecca Cohn (San Francisco, Calif.) hit a jumper with 17:32 to play. The Mules, though, went on a 22-5 run after that to take a 55-41 lead. Colby hit five 3-point shots – two by Manduca, one by Cappelloni, one by Samantha Allen (Bridgton, Maine), and one from Jacky McLaughlin (Medfield, Mass.) – during the run.

"Tonight was part victory and part survival.We made some big plays when we needed to, but also endured some runs from a very good Trinity team," Gear McBride said. "It was important to get the victory tonight and the confidence that comes with beating a team as talented as Trinity."

Trinity got as close as 57-54 with 6:37 left in the game on a 3-point shot by Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.), but the Mules held firm and pushed the lead to double digits over the final five minutes.

Kaitlin Ciarleglio (Waterbury, Conn.) paced Trinity with 16 points, while Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.) had 11 points. Cohn (San Francisco, Calif.) added eight points and eight rebounds.


TRINITY (14-4, 2-2 NESCAC)

Kaitlin Ciarleglio 6-21 2-3 16; Michelle Royals 2-9 6-6 11; Rebecca Cohn 3-8

2-2 8; Claire Arnstein 2-9 3-3 7; Christine Card 2-9 1-2 5; Carly Napier 2-6

0-0 5; Tess Donie 2-4 0-0 4; Kristen Fahey 1-2 0-0 3; Molly McGlynn 1-3 1-2

3; Heather Lyhne 0-0 0-0 0; Paige Greene 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-71 15-18 62.

COLBY (15-2, 3-1 NESCAC)

Alison Cappelloni 4-8 6-6 18; Julianne Kowalski 6-8 1-2 13; Rachael Mack 2-7

8-8 12; Aarika Ritchie 2-6 7-10 11; Diana Manduca 2-5 4-4 10; Samantha Allen

2-10 0-0 6; Jacky McLaughlin 1-2 0-0 3; Kelly Potvin 1-3 0-0 2; Jil Vaughan

0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 26-30 75.

Trinity.......................   28   34  -   62

Colby.........................   30   45  -   75

3-point goals--Trinity 5-19 (Kaitlin Ciarleglio 2-6; Michelle Royals 1-7;

Carly Napier 1-2; Kristen Fahey 1-1; Claire Arnstein 0-3), Colby 9-24

(Alison Cappelloni 4-7; Samantha Allen 2-10; Diana Manduca 2-3; Jacky

McLaughlin 1-2; Aarika Ritchie 0-1; Rachael Mack 0-1). Fouled

out--Trinity-None, Colby-None. Rebounds--Trinity 38 (Rebecca Cohn 8;

Christine Card 8), Colby 47 (Alison Cappelloni 14). Assists--Trinity 13

(Christine Card 4), Colby 14 (Aarika Ritchie 4). Total fouls--Trinity 21,

Colby 17. Technical fouls--Trinity-None, Colby-None. A-250


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