Women's basketball falls to No. 2 Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 30, 2010
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Diana Manduca

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team trailed second-ranked Amherst College by just four points with 7:23 remaining, but the Lord Jeffs used a 27-10 run the rest of the way in taking an 84-63 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.

Amherst moved to 19-0 overall and 5-0 in the NESCAC, while Colby fell to 15-3 and 3-2 in league play.

Colby cut Amherst's lead to 57-53 when Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) nailed a short jumper with 7:38 to play. Amherst's Kristyn Dunleavy (East Setauket, N.Y.) nailed a 3-point shot 19 seconds later and that started a 27-10 run for the Lord Jeffs the rest of the way.

"We lost to one of the best teams in the country today but I was pleased by our effort," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "I thought we played them evenly for 35 minutes but to their credit, they hit big shots when they needed to and shut us down offensively in the second half. The best part about today's game is that we know where the bar is in our league and the work we have ahead of us to get there."

Caroline Stedman (Walpole, Mass.) scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half for Amherst. She was 4-for-5 from 3-point range, had seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Shannon Finucane (Cortland, N.Y.) was 8-for-8 from the foul line on the way to 14 points and five assists for the Lord Jeffs. Dunleavy had 11 points and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, while Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, Conn.) finished with 10 points.

First-year guard Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) paced the Mules with 18 points and was 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Mack finished with eight points and seven rebounds, Jil Vaughan (Wareham, Mass.) had eight points and five boards, and Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) and Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) both had 10 points. Cappelloni moved into eighth place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 1,102 points, passing Kim Derrington '91 (1,097) and Kim Condon '01 (1,094).

"Diana had a breakout game for us today," Gear McBride said. "She played fearlessly and with the kind of energy and poise it takes to beat a team like Amherst.  Her progression this season is exciting as we enter the home stretch."

AMHERST 84, COLBY 63

AMHERST (19-0, 5-0 NESCAC)

Caroline Stedman 9-17 4-4 26; Shannon Finucane 2-5 8-8 14; Kristyn Dunleavy

3-4 2-3 11; Jaclyn Daigneault 3-9 4-4 10; Marcia Voigt 2-4 3-6 8; Sarah

Leyman 2-5 3-6 7; Jackie Renner 2-6 0-0 4; Lem Atanga McCormick 1-2 2-2 4.

Totals 24-52 26-33 84.

COLBY (15-3, 3-2 NESCAC)

Diana Manduca 6-14 3-5 18; Aarika Ritchie 2-6 6-10 10; Alison Cappelloni

2-10 6-7 10; Rachael Mack 4-8 0-0 8; Jil Vaughan 1-3 6-6 8; Julianne

Kowalski 2-4 0-0 4; Jacky McLaughlin 1-2 0-0 3; Kelly Potvin 0-0 2-2 2;

Samantha Allen 0-5 0-2 0. Totals 18-52 23-32 63.

Amherst.......................   38   46  -   84

Colby.........................   36   27  -   63

3-point goals--Amherst 10-19 (Caroline Stedman 4-5; Kristyn Dunleavy 3-4;

Shannon Finucane 2-4; Marcia Voigt 1-3; Jaclyn Daigneault 0-3), Colby 4-13

(Diana Manduca 3-3; Jacky McLaughlin 1-1; Alison Cappelloni 0-5; Samantha

Allen 0-3; Aarika Ritchie 0-1). Fouled out--Amherst-None, Colby-Aarika

Ritchie. Rebounds--Amherst 32 (Jackie Renner 7; Caroline Stedman 7), Colby

38 (Julianne Kowalski 9). Assists--Amherst 17 (Shannon Finucane 5), Colby 9

(Aarika Ritchie 3). Total fouls--Amherst 18, Colby 21. Technical

fouls--Amherst-None, Colby-None. A-600

 

 
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