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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team battled hard to get the eighth seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs and now will take on top-seeded Amherst College in a league quarterfinal game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Amherst.
The Mules (9-15) fell 71-44 to 14th-ranked Amherst (22-2) in a home game on February 1. The Mules did get off to a good start with a 10-5 lead, but the Jeffs battled back with tough defense to earn the win. The game will be broadcast on-line at the following link: http://wamh.amherst.edu/
Colby is led in scoring (15.3), rebounding (9.7), steals (29), and field goal percentage (.460) by senior forward Katie McCabe. She has pulled down 94 offensive rebounds this season and had 11 points in the first game against Amherst.
Alison Cappelloni, who was injured in the early part of the season, is playing well at the right time of the season. She is averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, but averaged more than 16 points a game in league contests. Cappelloni also is second on the team in blocked shots with 24.
Julianne Kowalski (8.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 31 blocks), Meredith Aronson (7.7 ppg, 89 percent from foul line), and Karlyn Adler (6.4 ppg, 57 assists) are other major contributors for Colby.
Stefanie Reiff leads a balanced Amherst offense at 12.0 points per game. Samantha Swenson (10.8 ppg) and Shaina Pollack (10.4 ppg) are other scoring leaders.
2008 Women’s Basketball Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals Saturday, February 23 at higher seeds
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Amherst 2:00 p.m.
No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Tufts 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Williams at No. 3 Wesleyan 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Bates at No. 4 Bowdoin 2:00 p.m.
Semifinals Saturday, March 1 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 2 at 12:00 p.m.