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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 19, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women’s basketball team nearly brought down Amherst College during the regular season when the Lord Jeffs were ranked fourth in NCAA Division III. The Mules get another opportunity at fifth-ranked Amherst this weekend in a much bigger setting.
The seventh-seeded Mules (13-11) will play at second-seeded Amherst in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinal game Saturday at 4 p.m.
Colby held the Lord Jeffs to just 29 percent (18-for-63) shooting in the first game at Amherst. The Lord Jeffs held a 33-23 halftime lead, but the Mules shot 54 percent in the second half to nearly pull out the road win. Just one Amherst player shot better than 50 percent from the field and five players combined to shoot 8-for-44.
Colby leads the NESCAC in free throw percentage at more than 74 percent, while Amherst leads in the other five categories kept in the weekly statistics. The Lord Jeffs lead in offense (72.0 ppg), scoring defense (49.2), field goal percentage (.429), field goal percentage defense (.331), and rebounding margin (plus 9.6). The Mules are ranked second in field goal percentage defense (.340) and are fourth in rebound margin (plus 6.2).
Colby’s Sam Allen had 15 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting between the teams. Rachael Mack added 13 points and six rebounds, while Julianne Kowalski finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Alison Cappelloni leads Colby in scoring this season at 11.7 points per game. She also averages 6.2 rebounds and has her blocked shot total up to 24 with some big games defensively in the past few weeks. Colby has an amazing 118-49 edge over the opponent in blocked shots this season.
Mack is one reason for the defensive advantage with a NESCAC-leading 38 blocks. She also leads the conference in field goal percentage (.567) and free throw percentage (.851). Mack is third in the league in rebounding (7.6) and 17th in scoring (11.0).
Kowalski averages 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Mules, while Allen is at 10.5 points and is second in assists with 55. Aarika Ritchie has a team-best 58 assists.
Sarah Leyman had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Amherst (23-1) in the first game against Colby, which lost to the Lord Jeffs in a quarterfinal game last year. Jaclyn Daigneault added 14 points and 10 boards.
2009 Women’s Basketball Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 21 at higher seeds
No. 8 Williams at No. 1 Bowdoin – 3:00 p.m.
No. 7 Colby at No. 2 Amherst – 4:00 p.m.
No. 6 Wesleyan at No. 3 Tufts – 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Bates – 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, February 28 at highest remaining seed (2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)
Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed
Remaining quarterfinal winners
Championship – Sunday, March 1 at 12:00 p.m.