Mules earn second seed, beat Wesleyan

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 13, 2010
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Samantha Allen

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team clinched the second seed in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs and seniors Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) and Samantha Allen (Bridgton, Maine) made their final regular season game a memorable one in a 94-49 victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The Mules improved to 21-3 overall and finished 7-2 in the NESCAC to earn the second seed. Colby will play host to seventh-seeded Trinity College next Saturday at 2 p.m. in a league quarterfinal game. The Mules took a 75-62 home win over Trinity earlier in the season.

Wesleyan fell to 8-14 overall and 2-7 in the conference, but the Cardinals are the eighth seed in the playoffs and will play at top-seeded Amherst College next Saturday at 3 p.m.

"Our focus all week was on finishing strong and we did some things in practice that I thought helped put us in position for success," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "The kids responded well and played arguably our most complete game of the season today."

Cappelloni and Allen combined for 37 points, 14 rebounds, and nine 3-point shots as the Mules shot 61 percent from the field (31-for-51) and 85 percent from the foul line (23-for-27). Cappelloni moved into sixth place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 1,169 points to pass Mule great Patty Valavanis '80 (1,165 points). She shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range and had 13 points and six rebounds. Allen was 6-for-11 from 3-point range to finish with 24 points and eight boards.

"Sam's stat line doesn't always jump out, but there isn't a coach in this league who wouldn't take her in their starting lineup," Gear McBride said. "She does so many things well and galvanizes all the success we have had this year. She showed today how effective she can be offensively."

Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine), the NESCAC Player of the Week for last week, added 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting and had six rebounds and three assists. Mack, who is just a sophomore, went over 500 career points and has her scoring total at 513. Colby junior Julianne Kowalski (Montville, N.J.) went over 500 career rebounds (now has 501) with 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Jil Vaughan (Wareham, Mass.) added eight points and seven boards, while Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) dished six assists.

The Mules took control quickly with a 10-2 lead after just 2:43 of play and cruised to a 43-24 lead at halftime. Colby used an 18-3 run to start the second half to blow the game wide open. The Mules had a 46-23 rebounding advantage and continue to lead the NESCAC in that category.

Erin Gold (New Hope, Pa.) and Kendra Harris (St. Paul, Minn.) each had 13 points for Wesleyan.

COLBY 94, WESLEYAN 49

WESLEYAN (8-14, 2-7 NESCAC)

Erin Gold 4-13 4-5 13; Kendra Harris 4-12 5-7 13; Sam LaCroce 2-8 1-2 6;

Eileen Gaffney 2-8 2-2 6; Leigh Stewart 1-2 2-2 5; Chanel Van Dyke 0-0 2-3

2; Melanie Ferdinand 1-9 0-0 2; Emily Lippe 1-1 0-0 2; Ali Newman 0-5 0-0 0;

McKinley Tennant 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-59 16-21 49.

COLBY (21-3, 7-2 NESCAC)

Samantha Allen 8-14 2-2 24; Rachael Mack 6-7 4-4 16; Alison Cappelloni 4-9

2-2 13; Julianne Kowalski 3-4 5-6 11; Jil Vaughan 2-4 4-4 8; Kelly Potvin

2-2 1-3 5; Jayde Bennett 2-5 1-2 5; Diana Manduca 1-3 2-2 4; Jacky

McLaughlin 2-2 0-0 4; Aarika Ritchie 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 31-51 23-27 94.

Wesleyan......................   24   25  -   49

Colby.........................   43   51  -   94

3-point goals--Wesleyan 3-15 (Sam LaCroce 1-2; Leigh Stewart 1-2; Erin Gold

1-5; Melanie Ferdinand 0-3; Ali Newman 0-2; McKinley Tennant 0-1), Colby

9-16 (Samantha Allen 6-11; Alison Cappelloni 3-5). Fouled

out--Wesleyan-None, Colby-None. Rebounds--Wesleyan 23 (Kendra Harris 4;

Melanie Ferdinand 4), Colby 46 (Samantha Allen 8). Assists--Wesleyan 11 (Sam

LaCroce 3), Colby 21 (Aarika Ritchie 6). Total fouls--Wesleyan 17, Colby 15.

Technical fouls--Wesleyan-None, Colby-None. A-300

2010 Women's Basketball Championship Seeding

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 20 at higher seeds

No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Amherst – 3:00 p.m.

No. 7 Trinity at No. 2 Colby – 2:00 p.m.

No. 6 Bates at No. 3 Williams – 2:00 p.m.

No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Tufts – 3:00 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, February 27 at highest remaining seed (2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)

Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed

Remaining quarterfinal winners

Championship – Sunday, February 28 at 12:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners

 

 
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