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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 9, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College women's basketball head coach Lori Gear McBride and three of her players were honored as part of the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State Team on Tuesday.
Gear McBride was selected as the Maine State Coach of the Year, while senior forward Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, Mass.) was named to the first team. Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine) earned second team honors and first-year player Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) was picked to the All-Rookie Team.
Gear McBride, in her fifth year at Colby, led the Mules to a program record 24 victories this season as Colby had its best season in school history with a 24-5 record. The Mules made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time and got to the second round before falling in double overtime to Babson College this past Saturday. Gear McBride, who won a national championship as a player at the University of North Carolina, also led Colby to its first-ever appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title game.
Cappelloni was a NESCAC first team all-conference selection and finished her career with 1,229 points to rank sixth all-time in program history. She also had 646 rebounds and 138 assists in her career. Cappelloni holds Colby records for 3-point field goals made in a career (186) and single-season 3-point field goals (63 this year). She was the only player in the NESCAC in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and 3-point field goal percentage. She also finished fourth in league free throw shooting (.790). Cappelloni was on the Maine State All-Rookie Team in 2007, made the second team in 2008, and then missed out on making the team last year after battling injury problems.
Mack, the Maine State Rookie of the Year in 2009, was second on Colby in scoring at 10.1 points per game. She was third in the NESCAC in free throw shooting (.857, 66-for-77), fourth in field goal percentage (.505), sixth in blocked shots (1.39), and seventh in rebounding (7.1). Mack heads into her junior season at Colby next year with 558 career points, 382 rebounds, and 78 blocked shots.
Manduca made an instant impact in her rookie season at Colby with her pressure ball-hawking defense and the ability to run the floor. She led the Mules in steals (43 total), free throw shooting (.872), and was second in assists (69) while averaging 8.7 points per game. Manduca was second in the NESCAC in free throw percentage. She closed out the season with a team-high 19 points in the second round NCAA loss to Babson.
Gear McBride has had four players make the Maine All-State Rookie Team the past four seasons. Cappelloni made it in 2007, followed by Julianne Kowalski in 2008, Mack in 2009, and Manduca with her honor this year.
Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State Team
Player of the Year: Shelby Bradford, Husson; Rookie of the Year: Curran Leighton, Southern Maine; Coach of the Year: Lori Gear McBride, Colby
First Team: Shelby Bradford, Husson, senior; Alison Cappelloni, Colby, senior; Curran Leighton, University of Southern Maine, first year; Caitlyn Laflin, Maine-Farmington, senior; Caitlin Hynes, Bowdoin, senior
Second Team: Lauren Yanofsky, Bates, senior; Leah Rubega, Bowdoin, senior; Kelly Paradis, U. New England, sophomore; Rachael Mack, Colby, sophomore; Kaylie DeMillo, Southern Maine, junior
All-Rookie Team: Curran Leighton, Southern Maine; Diana Manduca, Colby; Allie Beaulieu, Bates; Kaitlin Donahoe, Bowdoin; Beth Suggs, U. New England