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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 6, 2012
BIDDEFORD, Maine ---Colby College sophomore Jamie Wallace (Piedmont, Calif.) broke up a tie game on a jumper from the right corner with less than a minute to play and Colby College held on in the final seconds for a 54-53 victory over the University of New England in non-conference women's basketball action Thursday evening (Dec. 6) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
An empty trip for the Nor'easters and a pair of free throws by Mules junior Jen Nale (Belgrade, Maine) made it 54-50 with 20 seconds left, only to see UNE first-year Sadie DiPerro(South Portland, Maine) pulled the hosts to within one (54-53) just five ticks later with a trey from the left corner.
Colby missed the front-end of a one-and-one at the free throw line and Big Blue controlled the ensuing rebound, but UNE's game-winning shot attempt rattled off the side of the rim.
UNE lost for the first times this season at home. The Nor'easters (4-3) have been tough this season, taking a 40-point home win over Bowdoin College on Nov. 20. UNE's other two losses were road games at Bates (59-58, OT) and Williams (55-49).
First-year Carylanne Wolfington (Hallowell, Maine) led the Mules with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nale added 12 points and first-year Mia Diplock (Augusta, Maine) chipped in with nine.
Big Blue was paced by sophomore Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) with a game-high 19 points and 11 boards. First-year Meghan Gribbin (Windham, Maine) contributed 11 points, four assists, and three steals, and senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) totaled nine points and 11 rebounds.
UNE finished with a 40-30 edge on the glass.
Colby never trailed over the initial 34 minutes of the contest, going up by as many as 12 (26-14) late in the first half. The Nor'easter did manage to tally the final eight points in the frame to make the deficit 26-22 at the break, despite shooting just 26 percent (6-for-23) from the floor in the period. Coleman had six for UNE in the closing stretch.
Though the game was tied a couple of times as the second half began, the Mules built a margin of eight on two occasions (40-32, 43-35) before the midway point of the stanza.
Big Blue countered with a 14-2 run to gain its first lead of the night and a 49-45 cushion with 5:05 left. Gribbin sparked the momentum change with back-to-back layups and Coleman notched another six points before the string was over.
COLBY 54, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 53
Carylanne Wolfington 5-9 3-4 14; Jen Nale 4-10 2-2 12; Mia Diplock 3-6 1-3
9; Brooke Chandor 2-4 0-0 5; Jamie Wallace 2-6 0-0 4; Taylor Peucker 2-2 0-0
4; Diana Manduca 1-7 2-3 4; Desi Smith 1-1 0-0 2; Gabe Donahue 0-3 0-0 0.
Totals 20-48 8-12 54.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND (4-3)
Kelly Coleman 7-12 5-7 19; Meghan Gribbin 4-12 3-4 11; Beth Suggs 3-12 3-4
9; Lauren Hayden 1-7 3-4 5; Liz LeBlanc 1-6 2-4 4; Sadie DiPierro 1-5 0-0 3;
Michaela Flanagan 1-2 0-0 2; Alanna Vose 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-57 16-25 53.
Colby......................... 26 28 - 54
University of New England..... 22 31 - 53
3-point goals-Colby 6-21 (Jen Nale 2-6; Mia Diplock 2-4; Brooke Chandor 1-3;
Carylanne Wolfington 1-2; Gabe Donahue 0-3; Diana Manduca 0-3), University
of New England 1-14 (Sadie DiPierro 1-4; Meghan Gribbin 0-3; Lauren Hayden
0-2; Liz LeBlanc 0-4; Kelly Coleman 0-1). Fouled out--Colby-None, University
of New England-None. Rebounds-Colby 30 (Carylanne Wolfington 7), University
of New England 40 (Kelly Coleman 11; Beth Suggs 11). Assists-Colby 13 (Gabe
Donahue 4), University of New England 10 (Meghan Gribbin 4). Total
fouls-Colby 20, University of New England 17. A-238