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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 5, 2010
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- The Colby College women's basketball team are turning into the road warriors after improving to 9-1 in away and neutral site games after pulling out a 74-68 overtime victory over Williams College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night.
The Mules handed Williams its first league loss of the season in improving to 17-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Ephs fell to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in the league. Colby plays at Middlebury College in a 2 p.m. league game Saturday.
Colby's Rachael Mack hit a jumper with one second left in regulation to tie the game at 59-59 and force overtime. Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 12 seconds left. Alison Cappelloni missed a shot and Mack pulled down the rebound. She missed her first attempt only to gather another offensive rebound and score as time expired.
"You don't win a game like tonight without unbelievable character, determination and togetherness," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "We were down late but there wasn't a single person on the team who wavered in their resolve. The praise is spread throughout after a win like the one we had tonight."
Mack also played a key part in overtime, scoring four of her team-high 15 points. Her jumper with 2:24 left in the extra session gave the Mules the lead for good at 64-63. After a turnover by the Ephs, Mack nailed two free throws for a 66-63 margin.
"Rachael Mack goes about her business so quietly and efficiently that I think people sometimes forget that she is one of the most talented players in the league," Gear McBride said. "It is wonderful - as a coach - to know you have someone like Rachael on the floor in games like this one. She doesn't make mistakes, is always in the right place and has a penchant for the big play."
After Williams cut the lead to 66-65, Colby's Aarika Ritchie scored for a 68-65 margin. Williams answered with one point when Chessie Jackson hit one of two free throws with 59 seconds left, but Cappelloni (7 points, 7 rebounds) scored with 21 seconds to go for a 70-66 lead. Claire Baecher scored inside with 13 seconds left for Williams to cut the margin to 70-68, but Samantha Allen and Ritchie combined to go 4-for-4 from the foul line the rest of the way.
Mack also had seven rebounds and blocked three shots for the Mules, who had a 54-43 rebounding advantage. Ritchie finished with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Allen had 11 points and eight boards, Jil Vaughan came off the bench with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and Diana Manduca scored eight and pulled down six rebounds.
Colby shot just 34 percent from the field (Williams was at 41 percent), but the Mules made 18 of their 23 free throw attempts while Williams was just 5-for-8. Jackson had a game-high 20 points on 8-for-22 shooting, while Jill Greenberg finished with 14 points and nine assists.
"We had a tough shooting night, but did a great job in other areas, like getting to the free throw line and taking care of the basketball (4 turnovers in the second half and OT combined)," Gear McBride said. "The more success you have, the more confidence you gain and we saw that confidence on display tonight. The team battled right to the final second, literally, and that was the difference."
COLBY 74, WILLIAMS 68
Rachael Mack 6-13 3-4 15; Aarika Ritchie 5-8 4-5 14; Samantha Allen 2-9 6-6
11; Jil Vaughan 5-13 0-0 10; Diana Manduca 2-10 3-4 8; Julianne Kowalski 3-9
1-2 7; Alison Cappelloni 3-12 1-2 7; Kelly Potvin 1-5 0-0 2; Jacky
McLaughlin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-80 18-23 74.
Chessie Jackson 8-22 1-3 20; Jill Greenberg 7-12 0-1 14; Lisa Jaris 5-8 0-0
10; Claire Baecher 3-10 0-0 7; Kelsey Ham 3-6 0-0 7; Taylor Shea 1-5 4-4 6;
Jennie Harding 1-5 0-0 2; Jen Borderud 1-2 0-0 2; Grace Rehnquist 0-1 0-0 0;
Danny Rainer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-71 5-8 68.
Colby......................... 31 28 15 - 74
Williams...................... 24 35 9 - 68
3-point goals--Colby 2-18 (Samantha Allen 1-7; Diana Manduca 1-3; Julianne
Kowalski 0-1; Alison Cappelloni 0-5; Jacky McLaughlin 0-1; Aarika Ritchie
0-1), Williams 5-21 (Chessie Jackson 3-12; Kelsey Ham 1-1; Claire Baecher
1-4; Jen Borderud 0-1; Grace Rehnquist 0-1; Jill Greenberg 0-2). Fouled
out--Colby-None, Williams-None. Rebounds--Colby 54 (Jil Vaughan 9), Williams
43 (Claire Baecher 9). Assists--Colby 7 (Samantha Allen 2; Aarika Ritchie
2), Williams 14 (Jill Greenberg 9). Total fouls--Colby 11, Williams 17.