Women's basketball beats No. 8 Williams

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 5, 2011
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Aarika Ritchie

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine), Jules Kowalski (Montville, N.J.), Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine), and Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine) all had 15 points or more as the Mules pulled out the biggest win of their season with an 85-71 win over eighth-ranked Williams College on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Colby improved to 17-4 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC, while Williams fell to 19-3 overall and also 5-2 in the conference.

Kowalski, who was honored before the game with teammate Karlyn Adler (Rye Brook, N.Y.) for senior day, had one of the better games of her career with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. Adler also contributed with two big 3-point shots in the second half. Kowalski went over 700 career rebounds in the game and inches closer to 1,000 career points with totals of 975 points and 707 rebounds heading into the final three regular season games next week.

Mack had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds despite playing only 25 minutes because of some foul trouble. Manduca was 7-for-9 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range, for 18 points. Ritchie was 5-for-7 from the field and finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Jayde Bennett (Lynn, Mass.) had eight rebounds and three assists.

Williams also received some solid performances – including 11 points, nine assists, and seven steals from Jill Greenberg (Westwood, Mass.). Claire Baecher (Brunswick, Maine) chipped in 17 points and six rebounds, Jennie Harding (Santa Monica, Calif.) added 12 points, and Chessie Jackson (Goleta, Calif.) scored 10 and dished five assists. Danny Rainer (Marlborugh, Mass.) came off the bench with eight points and five rebounds.

The game went back-and-forth in the opening nine minutes of the first half. A free throw by Kowalski with 10:49 remaining gave Colby the lead for good at 21-20. The Mules stretched the lead to 35-23 before Williams cut into the margin and Colby settled for a 44-39 halftime lead.

The first eight minutes of the second half was all Colby, with the Mules going on a 24-9 run to take a 68-48 lead when Adler nailed a 3-point shot with 11:08 to play.

Williams bounced back over the next eight minutes and cut the lead to 75-69 on two Harding free throws with 3:04 to play. Colby, though, closed out the game with a 10-2 run to secure the victory.

COLBY 85, WILLIAMS 71

WILLIAMS (19-3, 5-2 NESCAC)

Claire Baecher 7-14 2-3 17; Jennie Harding 3-4 5-5 12; Jill Greenberg 4-9

2-3 11; Chessie Jackson 5-12 0-0 10; Grace Rehnquist 2-10 2-2 8; Danny

Rainer 4-8 0-0 8; Taylor Shea 2-9 1-4 5; Lisa Jaris 0-0 0-0 0; Jen Borderud

0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-66 12-17 71.

COLBY (17-4, 5-2 NESCAC)

Rachael Mack 7-11 6-7 20; Diana Manduca 7-9 0-0 18; Aarika Ritchie 5-7 6-6

17; Julianne Kowalski 4-15 7-9 15; Karlyn Adler 2-3 0-0 6; Jil Vaughan 2-4

0-0 4; Kelly Potvin 1-2 0-0 2; Jacky McLaughlin 0-2 2-2 2; Jayde Bennett 0-3

1-4 1. Totals 28-56 22-28 85.

Williams......................  39  32 -  71

Colby.........................  44  41 -  85

3-point goals--Williams 5-22 (Grace Rehnquist 2-10; Jennie Harding 1-1; Jill

Greenberg 1-4; Claire Baecher 1-3; Chessie Jackson 0-4), Colby 7-8 (Diana

Manduca 4-4; Karlyn Adler 2-3; Aarika Ritchie 1-1). Fouled

out--Williams-None, Colby-None. Rebounds--Williams 32 (Claire Baecher 6),

Colby 41 (Julianne Kowalski 11). Assists--Williams 19 (Jill Greenberg 9),

Colby 18 (Julianne Kowalski 7). Total fouls--Williams 21, Colby 15.

Technical fouls--Williams-None, Colby-None. A-400


 
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