Women's basketball sets records in blowout

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 9, 2010
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Jayde Bennett

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team set team records for points and assists in a game as the Mules coasted to a 109-62 win over local rival Thomas College on Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The 109 points broke the old record of 105 points set by the 2002-03 team in an overtime victory over Plymouth State. The Mules also had 34 assists on 43 made field goals and broke the old mark of 30 set in that same Plymouth State contest.

"This was another great team effort.  If you look at our assist to basket ratio, you get a great sense of how unselfish this team is and how important that is to our success," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride said. "This was our final tune-up before a huge weekend and I am very pleased with our effort and execution."

Jacky McLaughlin (Medfield, Mass.) had a collegiate-high 19 points, including a 5-for-8 effort from 3-point range, to lead nine Colby players with eight points or more. Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine), a first-year guard like McLaughlin, was perfect from the field with 14 points (4-for-4 field, 2-for-2 3-point range, 4-for-4 foul line). Jayde Bennett (Lynn, Mass.), another first-year guard who was injured for most of the season, had 11 points and eight assists in her first game at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

"A great part of tonight was the contributions we had from Jayde Bennett," Gear McBride said. "She has worked immensely hard to come back this season and her addition couldn't come at a better time."

Senior forward Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) broke her own single-season 3-point record after recording one 3-point shot in the game. She now has 48 made 3-point shots this year to break her record of 47 set in the 2007-08 season. Cappelloni finished the game with 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Colby, which led 58-24 at halftime, also received 12 points and seven boards from Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine), 12 points and four assists by Samantha Allen (Bridgton, Maine), nine points and 11 rebounds from Jil Vaughan (Wareham, Mass.), nine points and 10 boards from Julianne Kowalski (Montville, N.J.), and eight points from Kelly Potvin (Sherborn, Mass.).

Thomas (3-16), which was 29-for-35 from the foul line in the game, received 25 points from Karin Bird (Lee, Maine) and 22 from Mallorie Blakney (Fairfield, Maine). Bird was 14-for-15 from the foul line and Blakney shot 14-for-16.

Colby will entertain Connecticut College on Friday at 6 p.m. and then finish the regular season with a 2 p.m. home game with Wesleyan University on Saturday.


THOMAS (3-16)

Karin Bird 5-15 14-15 25; Mallorie Blakney 4-10 14-16 22; Alexis Evans 2-4

1-4 6; Kellie Martel 1-6 0-0 3; Krista Lee 1-3 0-0 2; Ashley Matchett 1-10

0-0 2; Jessica Nassetta 1-10 0-0 2; Lynn Chaisson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-59

29-35 62.

COLBY (19-3)

Jacky McLaughlin 7-10 0-0 19; Diana Manduca 4-4 4-4 14; Rachael Mack 5-9 2-2

12; Samantha Allen 5-9 0-0 12; Alison Cappelloni 5-11 0-0 11; Jayde Bennett

4-7 3-3 11; Julianne Kowalski 4-7 1-2 9; Jil Vaughan 3-10 3-4 9; Kelly

Potvin 4-6 0-0 8; Aarika Ritchie 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 43-75 13-15 109.

Thomas........................   24   38  -   62

Colby.........................   58   51  -  109

3-point goals--Thomas 3-15 (Kellie Martel 1-4; Alexis Evans 1-2; Karin Bird

1-4; Ashley Matchett 0-2; Mallorie Blakney 0-3), Colby 10-18 (Jacky

McLaughlin 5-8; Samantha Allen 2-4; Diana Manduca 2-2; Alison Cappelloni

1-4). Fouled out--Thomas-None, Colby-None. Rebounds--Thomas 24 (Jessica

Nassetta 5), Colby 57 (Jil Vaughan 11). Assists--Thomas 1 (Jessica Nassetta

1), Colby 34 (Jayde Bennett 8). Total fouls--Thomas 14, Colby 22. Technical

fouls--Thomas-None, Colby-None. A-175


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