Vaughan leads women's basketball to tourney title

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 20, 2011
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Colby women's basketball after win over Brandeis.

WALTHAM, Mass. –- Jil Vaughan (Wareham, Mass./Tabor Acad.) really enjoys playing tournaments for the 16th-ranked Colby College women's basketball team.
 
Tournament Most Valuable Player Vaughan scored eight of her 14 points in the second half as the visiting Mules defeated host Brandeis, 60-44, in the championship game of the 2011 Judges Classic on Sunday. The Mules held the Judges to just two field goals over the final 12 minutes as they pulled away for the victory.
 
Vaughan has been named MVP of three tourneys in career at Colby. She came off the bench to earn MVP honors the past two years during the team's trip to Florida.

Colby's defense was a key, holding Brandeis to just 29.6 percent (16-for-54) shooting and the Mules also had a 41-36 rebounding edge.

"I was very pleased with the execution of our defensive game plan," Colby head coach Julie Veilleux said. "Brandeis is a well-coached and respectable program who plays a physical game. It was fun to watch the team reach a higher level of toughness today."

Over the first 28 minutes of action in the final, Colby (2-0) was unable to pull away from Brandeis (2-2). Thanks to a balanced attack that saw eight different players score points, the Judges were within three points at 22-19 with just over five minutes left in the first half. Colby held Brandeis to just two free throws the rest of the stanza to take a 28-21 lead in to the locker room.

Mule senior guard Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine/Lee Acad.) led all players with eight points at the break, while Vaughan, senior Rachael Mack (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and junior guard Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine/Deering) had six each. Brandeis rookie Hannah Cain (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) and sophomore Julia Scanlon (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) had four each. Mack had eight rebounds to lead all players.

After Mack hit the first bucket of the second half to make it a 30-21 edge for the visitors, Brandeis went on a big run to get back in the contest. The Judges outscored 14-6 over the next five minutes, with graduate student guard Diana Cincotta (Plymouth, Mass./W. Boylston) kicking off the run with a driving lay-up and adding a 3-pointer. Senior guard Kelly Ethier (Springfield, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) capped the run with a trifecta of her own at the 13:55 mark that made it 36-35 in favor of the Mules.
 
Unfortunately for the Judges, that would be the last Brandeis basket for more than 11 minutes. Vaughan answered Ethier's hoop with a bucket in the paint on a nice feed from Ritchie. After Scanlon hit two free throws to get the deficit back to one point, the Mules outscored Brandeis 22-7 over the final 12:19 of the contest to pull away.

For the game, Vaughan and Ritchie tied for game-high honors with 14 points. Vaughan averaged 15 points and nine rebounds over the two games to take home MVP honors, hitting 14-of-26 from the field (53.8%). She had 16 rebounds last night and two Sunday. Ritchie finished today with 14 points and five assists, tied for game-high honors. Manduca also reached double figures with 11 points while also finishing with a game-high four steals. A night after doubling up Clark on the boards and grabbing 26 on the offensive glass, Colby wasn't nearly as dominant, with a 41-36 edge, 13-11 on the offensive end. The Mules were efficient with their chances, though, outscoring Brandeis 15-7 on second-chance points, and 14-9 in points off turnovers despite committing only one miscue fewer than the Judges.

 
Brandeis was paced by Cincotta, who had seven of her team-high 10 points in the second half. Ethier added six of her eight after the break. Cain had a fine performance with team- and career-bests of seven rebounds and five assists.

 
In addition to Colby's Vaughan as the MVP, the All-Tournament team consisted of Mack from Colby, Cincotta and Ethier from Brandeis, Kate Minister from Clark and Nicole Heffernan from Endicott.
 
COLBY 60, BRANDEIS 44
COLBY (2-0)
Aarika Ritchie 3-11 5-6 14; Jil Vaughan 6-12 2-4 14; Diana Manduca 4-11 0-0
11; Rachael Mack 3-7 2-2 8; Jacky McLaughlin 2-5 0-0 6; Jayde Bennett 2-4
0-0 5; Kelly Potvin 1-4 0-0 2; Jen Nale 0-1 0-0 0; Gabe Donahue 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 21-56 9-12 60.
BRANDEIS (2-2)
Cincotta,Diana 4-12 0-0 10; Ethier,Kelly 3-8 1-2 8; Scanlon,Julia 2-3 2-4 6;
Hassan,Shannon 3-7 0-0 6; Anderson,Samantha 1-4 3-4 5; Cain, Hannah 2-9 0-0
4; Ness,Courtney 1-5 0-0 2; Vitale,Nicolina 0-1 1-2 1; Higginbottom, Erika
0-1 0-0 0; Rodriguez,Janelle 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-54 9-14 44.
Colby......................... 28 32 - 60
Brandeis...................... 21 23 - 44
3-point goals-Colby 9-22 (Aarika Ritchie 3-7; Diana Manduca 3-6; Jacky
McLaughlin 2-4; Jayde Bennett 1-2; Rachael Mack 0-3), Brandeis 3-12
(Cincotta,Diana 2-6; Ethier,Kelly 1-2; Hassan,Shannon 0-1; Higginbottom,
Erika 0-1; Rodriguez,Janelle 0-2). Fouled out--Colby-None, Brandeis-None.
Rebounds-Colby 41 (Rachael Mack 12), Brandeis 36 (Cain, Hannah 7).
Assists-Colby 14 (Aarika Ritchie 5), Brandeis 9 (Cain, Hannah 5). Total
fouls-Colby 15, Brandeis 13. A-325
Brandeis Judges Classic Championship Game
All-Tournament Team: Nicole Heffernan (Endicott); Kate Minister (Clark);
Kelly Ethier (Brandeis); Diana Cincotta (Brandeis); Rachel Mack (Colby)
MVP: Jil Vaughan (Colby)
 


 
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