Women's basketball wins road game at USM

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 2, 2010
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Aarika Ritchie

GORHAM, Maine --- Diana Manduca, the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association Rookie of the Week, went close to her hometown of Portland on Tuesday night and led the Colby College women's basketball team with 14 points in a 64-54 non-conference win over University of Southern Maine.

Manduca, a Deering High School graduate, shot 6-for-9 from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and finished with three steals.

"We've come a long way since my first game against Southern Maine (a 63-24 loss in 2005)," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "The nice part of tonight's win was the big contributions we received from our Maine-born players.  Their belief in our program and the contributions they made tonight have made a huge difference."

Colby moved to 16-3 overall heading into Friday's 6 p.m. game at Williams College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference contest. Southern Maine dropped to 13-7 overall.

Senior Alison Cappelloni moved into seventh place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 1,114 points and moved past Karen Jodoin '86 (1,111 points). Cappelloni finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while teammate Rachael Mack had 11 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Aarika Ritchie added 12 points and four assists from her point guard position. Sam Allen ended up with eight points, five rebounds, and three steals. Mack, Ritchie, and Allen are all from Maine.

"This was an important win for us, coming off a tough loss to top-ranked Amherst," Gear McBride said. "It was a balanced, team effort and I'll never get tired of saying that. Everyone contributed in a meaningful way to the victory."

The Mules took a 33-24 lead at halftime and went up 52-39 when Allen nailed a 3-point shot with 8:03 to play. The Huskies went on an 8-0 run to close the gap to 52-47 with 5:56 to play. With the score 57-51, Cappelloni nailed a 3-point shot with 3:38 to play for a comfortable 60-51 margin.

"We got some real big baskets in the second half, but none more important than the three's from Alison Cappelloni and Diana Manduca late in the game to counter Southern Maine's rallies. They were huge baskets at the perfect time," Gear McBride said.

Curran Leighton paced the Huskies with 22 points and seven rebounds.

COLBY 64, SOUTHERN MAINE 54

COLBY (16-3)

Diana Manduca 6-9 0-0 14; Aarika Ritchie 3-5 5-5 12; Alison Cappelloni 3-12

3-4 12; Rachael Mack 3-5 5-6 11; Samantha Allen 3-8 0-0 8; Jil Vaughan 2-5

1-1 5; Julianne Kowalski 1-6 0-0 2; Jayde Bennett 0-0 0-0 0; Jacky

McLaughlin 0-1 0-0 0; Kelly Potvin 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 14-16 64.

SOUTHERN MAINE (13-7)

Curran Leighton 8-16 3-7 22; Renee Nicholas 3-6 3-4 9; Haley Johnson 4-8 0-2

8; Haley Jordan 2-4 2-2 7; Kaylie DeMillo 2-11 2-2 6; Courtney Cochran 1-2

0-0 2; Meredith Reid 0-1 0-0 0; Audrey Shutts 0-0 0-0 0; Ruthie Briggs 0-3

0-0 0; Brooke Stevens 0-1 0-0 0; Nicole Paradis 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-55

10-17 54.

Colby.........................   33   31  -   64

Southern Maine................   24   30  -   54

3-point goals--Colby 8-21 (Alison Cappelloni 3-8; Diana Manduca 2-4;

Samantha Allen 2-5; Aarika Ritchie 1-2; Jacky McLaughlin 0-1; Julianne

Kowalski 0-1), Southern Maine 4-16 (Curran Leighton 3-4; Haley Jordan 1-1;

Kaylie DeMillo 0-7; Meredith Reid 0-1; Brooke Stevens 0-1; Nicole Paradis

0-1; Renee Nicholas 0-1). Fouled out--Colby-None, Southern Maine-None.

Rebounds--Colby 36 (Julianne Kowalski 8), Southern Maine 38 (Renee Nicholas

8). Assists--Colby 10 (Aarika Ritchie 4), Southern Maine 14 (Nicole Paradis

6). Total fouls--Colby 15, Southern Maine 15. Technical fouls--Colby-None,

Southern Maine-None.

 

 
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