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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 20, 2011
WALTHAM, Mass. –- Jil Vaughan (Wareham, Mass./Tabor Acad.) really enjoys playing tournaments for the 16th-ranked Colby College women's basketball team.
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.
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.