Colby women fall in two overtimes in NCAA classic

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 6, 2010
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Alison Cappelloni (Spatz photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's basketball team ended the best season in program history with one of the toughest losses in program history  -- a 76-73 double overtime setback to Babson College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Babson College is headed to the NCAA Division III Tournament Sweet 16 with a 27-3 overall record, while the Mules finished 24-5 after making the NCAA tourney for the first time. Colby's 24 wins are a program record for victories in a season.

Colby overcame huge obstacles in forcing the overtimes. The Mules trailed 15-2 to start the game, Babson had a 61-43 rebounding advantage, Colby shot just 29 from the field, and Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) fouled out with 1:27 left in regulation after scoring 19 points.

Babson had three inside players with double-doubles in scoring and rebounding as the Beavers took the big rebounding advantage in the game against one of the better rebounding teams in the country. Colby finished the season with a plus-10.1 board advantage over the opponent. Nicole Wurdeman (Rowley, Mass.) had 22 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out of the game. Kathleen King (Framingham, Mass.) added 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass.) finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) paced Colby with 22 points and seven rebounds to finish her career with 1,229 points. Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Colby sent the game to the first overtime when Julianne Kowalski (Montville, N.J.) nailed one of two free throws to make it a 59-59 game. The Mules had a second chance to win the game with a 68-66 lead after Cappelloni nailed two free throws with 26 seconds left in the first overtime. However, King nailed a short jumper to tie the game and then blocked a shot at the buzzer. Babson got ahead quickly in the second overtime and never trailed. The Beavers were 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final 1:26 to secure the win.

BABSON 76, COLBY 73

BABSON (27-3)

Nicole Wurdeman 6-12 9-11 22; Kathleen King 7-18 3-5 17; Sarah Collins 7-12

2-4 16; Michelle Kenel 3-7 2-4 10; Damisi Adewumi 1-5 3-8 5; Allanah Wynn

1-8 2-2 4; Jessica Aruda 1-2 0-0 2; Becky Bowman 0-2 0-0 0; Amanda Grammel

0-0 0-0 0; Katerina Mallios 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-67 21-34 76.

COLBY (24-5)

Alison Cappelloni 6-24 7-8 22; Diana Manduca 5-11 8-8 19; Rachael Mack 4-9

2-2 10; Jil Vaughan 2-3 3-6 7; Julianne Kowalski 2-13 3-4 7; Aarika Ritchie

2-10 0-1 5; Samantha Allen 1-4 0-0 3; Jayde Bennett 0-0 0-0 0; Jacky

McLaughlin 0-2 0-0 0; Kelly Potvin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-76 23-29 73.

Babson........................   27   32    9    8  -   76

Colby.........................   25   34    9    5  -   73

3-point goals--Babson 3-9 (Michelle Kenel 2-2; Nicole Wurdeman 1-2; Allanah

Wynn 0-3; Becky Bowman 0-1; Katerina Mallios 0-1), Colby 6-19 (Alison

Cappelloni 3-10; Samantha Allen 1-2; Aarika Ritchie 1-1; Diana Manduca 1-4;

Julianne Kowalski 0-2). Fouled out--Babson-Nicole Wurdeman, Colby-Diana

Manduca. Rebounds--Babson 61 (Sarah Collins 14), Colby 43 (Rachael Mack 9).

Assists--Babson 16 (Allanah Wynn 5), Colby 9 (Aarika Ritchie 3). Total

fouls--Babson 25, Colby 25. Technical fouls--Babson-None, Colby-None. A-1100

 

 
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