Women's basketball holds off Emmanuel

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 10, 2011
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Aarika Ritchie

BOSTON, Mass. –-- The 14th-ranked Colby College women’s basketball team used a strong second half shooting performance to overcome a three-point halftime deficit and defeat Emmanuel College, 56-53, Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at the Jean Yawkey Center in Boston
The Mules improve to 6-1 overall on the year, while the loss drops the Saints to 5-3.
Emmanuel was able to build up a 21-18 lead by the half, holding Colby to just 22.2 percent shooting from the floor in the opening stanza. The Mules came out strong in the second half, quickly tying the contest at 23-23 following a 3-point play by senior guard Aarika Ritchie (Lee, Maine). The squads would continue to trade hoops until a 3-point shot by junior guard Jacky McLaughlin (Medfield, Mass.) gave the visitors their first lead of the afternoon, pulling ahead 28-27 with just over 14 minutes left in the contest.
The Saints would score two of the next three buckets, capped by a lay-up by first-year forward Lena Negri (Lancaster, Va.) to give EC a 31-30 edge. Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) nailed a 3-point field goal for Colby with 12 minutes remaining in the game for a 33-31 lead.
Emmanuel was able to tie the contest at 37-37 after a Negri jumper found the back of the net, but the Mules responded with an immediate 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the contest at 45-37 with 6:21 left.
Trailing by nine (52-43) with 2:40 to play, Emmanuel made things interesting by reeling off a 7-0 spurt to pull within a basket (52-50) with 27 seconds left in regulation. However, Manduca would seal the win for the Mules, connecting on her final four attempts from the charity stripe to help Colby prevail.
For Colby, Ritchie ended the afternoon with a team-high 11 points and McLaughlin chipped in with 10. Manduca added nine points, while senior forward Rachel Mack was one point and rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards and nine points. Also just shy of a double-double was senior forward Jil Vaughan, posting a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. Kelly Potvin finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
Colby is now idle until January 2 when they host Bates at 7:00 PM.
Aarika Ritchie 4-9 3-5 11; Jacky McLaughlin 2-4 4-5 10; Diana Manduca 2-11
4-4 9; Rachael Mack 4-14 0-0 9; Jil Vaughan 4-8 0-2 8; Kelly Potvin 4-8 0-0
8; Jayde Bennett 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 20-56 12-18 56.
Fiona O'Dwyer 8-14 2-2 18; Meghan Kirwan 3-7 5-6 11; Lena Negri 4-11 1-2 9;
Victoria Johnson 3-9 0-1 6; Breanna Ockimey 2-7 0-0 5; Vanessa Bramante 2-3
0-0 4; Liz Daley 0-1 0-0 0; Chenae Earle 0-1 0-0 0; Laura Benvenuto 0-2 0-0
0; Britni Mikulanecz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 8-11 53.
Colby College................. 18 38 - 56
Emmanuel College.............. 21 32 - 53
3-point goals-Colby College 4-16 (Jacky McLaughlin 2-3; Diana Manduca 1-4;
Rachael Mack 1-5; Jayde Bennett 0-2; Aarika Ritchie 0-2), Emmanuel College
1-5 (Breanna Ockimey 1-4; Meghan Kirwan 0-1). Fouled out--Colby
College-None, Emmanuel College-Lena Negri; Laura Benvenuto. Rebounds-Colby
College 36 (Jil Vaughan 10), Emmanuel College 39 (Meghan Kirwan 9).
Assists-Colby College 11 (Diana Manduca 7), Emmanuel College 15 (Meghan
Kirwan 5). Total fouls-Colby College 10, Emmanuel College 18. A-250

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