Women's basketball clinches home playoff game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 6, 2010
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Rachael Mack

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- The Colby College women's basketball team clinched a home playoff game in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after earning a 63-54 win over Middlebury College on Saturday.

The Mules move to 18-3 overall and 5-2 in the league. Colby still has league games left next weekend with Connecticut College and Wesleyan University, but the Mules have clinched at least the four spot in the league standings and will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m.

Colby had three difficult road games this week and came away with three victories. The Mules started the week with a win at University of Southern Maine on Tuesday and then beat Williams College in overtime on Friday. Colby is 10-1 this season in away and neutral site games.

"The effects of an overtime game were evident, but as we have done all season, we stuck together, reached down and found a way to win," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "Middlebury brings real energy and its gym is a tough place to play. I am proud of the team effort and the way everyone is working together to create our success."

Rachael Mack, the hero of Friday's game with a last second jumper to tie the game in regulation, led the way again with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 5-for-7 from the field, 4-for-4 from the foul line, and had four of Colby's eight blocked shots. Mack, a sophomore, already has 475 points and 327 rebounds in her short career at Colby.

"We had another excellent game from Rachael Mack," Gear McBride said. "She was very efficient offensively and helped us control the boards. She had an outstanding weekend and is starting to play well at exactly the right time."

Diana Manduca was 7-for-7 from the foul line and also had 14 points for Colby. Julianne Kowalski added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Aarika Ritchie scored nine points for the Mules. 

Middlebury (10-11, 2-5 NESCAC) got off to a great start and led 7-0 after more than three minutes of play. The Mules, though, showed resolve and battled back for a 30-25 lead at halftime. The Mules led the entire second half, but the Panthers were still in the game when Lauren Sanchez scored a basket with 2:47 to play to cut the Mules' lead to 55-52. Colby went on an 8-2 run to end the game.

Sanchez led all scorers for the Panthers with 18 points.

Colby will play host to Thomas College at 5 p.m. Tuesday and the men play against the Terriers at 7 p.m. in all-local doubleheader. The women were originally scheduled to play at Thomas.


COLBY (18-3, 5-2)

Diana Manduca 3-8 7-7 14; Rachael Mack 5-7 4-4 14; Julianne Kowalski 5-10

2-4 12; Aarika Ritchie 3-6 3-6 9; Alison Cappelloni 3-8 0-4 8; Samantha

Allen 1-5 2-3 4; Jil Vaughan 1-3 0-0 2; Jayde Bennett 0-1 0-0 0; Jacky

McLaughlin 0-0 0-0 0; Kelly Potvin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 18-28 63.

MIDDLEBURY (10-11, 2-5)

Lauren Sanchez 7-15 4-5 18; Stephany Surrette 4-7 3-4 11; Leah Kepping 2-8

1-2 6; Brittany Perfetti 2-8 2-2 6; Kaitlyn Fallon 2-9 0-0 4; Alana Wall 0-2

3-4 3; Maddie Moreau 1-5 0-0 2; Allison Needham 1-1 0-0 2; Jesse Miller 1-1

0-0 2; Elissa Goeke 0-2 0-0 0; Vicenta Hudziak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 13-17


Colby.........................   30   33  -   63

Middlebury....................   25   29  -   54

3-point goals--Colby 3-10 (Alison Cappelloni 2-6; Diana Manduca 1-4),

Middlebury 1-8 (Leah Kepping 1-2; Brittany Perfetti 0-4; Maddie Moreau 0-2).

Fouled out--Colby-None, Middlebury-None. Rebounds--Colby 40 (Rachael Mack

10), Middlebury 34 (Stephany Surrette 6). Assists--Colby 10 (Samantha Allen

3; Jayde Bennett 3), Middlebury 6 (Maddie Moreau 1; Kaitlyn Fallon 1;

Stephany Surrette 1; Alana Wall 1; Leah Kepping 1; Lauren Sanchez 1). Total

fouls--Colby 19, Middlebury 26. Technical fouls--Colby-None,

Middlebury-None. A-230


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