Slow start hurts women's basketball in playoff loss

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 25, 2012
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Jacky McLaughlin

AMHERST, Mass. --- The Colby College women's basketball needed to have a good start against top-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, but the Mules struggled early and the Lord Jeffs took advantage on the way to a 66-52 win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal on Saturday.
 
The Mules are 19-7 overall and will hope to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for a third straight year. The NCAA pairings will be announced on Monday at 2:30 p.m. Amherst has won 45 straight games, 62 in a row at home, and moved to 26-0 this season.
 
Colby had the best chance of beating Amherst this season in a tough 51-50 loss at Wadsworth Gymnasium. The Mules led by seven points with a little more than four minutes left in the game. Colby got off to a solid start in the regular season contest and was tied 16-16 with the Lord Jeffs with 9:27 left in the half.
 
Amherst quickly showed why it is the defending national champions in Saturday's game. The Lord Jeffs led 9-0 to start the contest and held the Mules without a point for the first 6:10 of play. After a bucket by Colby's Jil Vaughan made it 9-2, Amherst went on a 10-0 run to go up 19-2 with 10:50 left to intermission.
 
The top-seeded Lord Jeffs took a 35-17 lead into halftime and held a sizable lead for most of the second half. Amherst led 62-35 at one point, but the fourth-seeded Mules used a 15-0 scoring run to cut the lead to 62-50 with 1:51 to play.
 
Vaughan finished with a game-high 19 points on 9-for-16 shooting and added nine rebounds. Rachael Mack finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, second blocks, and one steal. Jacky McLaughlin added nine points on 4-for-6 shooting, Aarika Ritchie had eight points, and Diana Manduca dished four assists.
 
Mack moved into a tie for fifth place on Colby's all-time scoring list with Katie McCabe '08 at 1,241 points. She also passed 800 rebounds and has 802 boards, 156 assists, 125 steals, and 122 blocks. Ritchie has 977 points and 342 assists in her career, while Vaughan has 887 points and 630 rebounds.
 
Marcia Voigt had 17 points, eight rebounds, and three assists to lead the Lord Jeffs. Caroline Stedman added 14 points and three steals, Kim Fiorentino had 12 points, and Megan Robertson pulled down nine rebounds and had 11 points.
 
AMHERST COLLEGE 66, COLBY 52
COLBY (19-7)
Jil Vaughan 9-16 1-4 19; Rachael Mack 4-10 0-0 11; Jacky McLaughlin 4-6 0-2
9; Aarika Ritchie 1-5 5-9 8; Jayde Bennett 1-7 1-1 3; Diana Manduca 1-5 0-2
2; Jen Nale 0-4 0-0 0; Kelly Potvin 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 7-19 52.
AMHERST COLLEGE (26-0)
Marcia Voigt 7-12 1-2 17; Caroline Stedman 4-15 2-2 14; Kim Fiorentino 5-11
2-2 12; Megan Robertson 5-11 1-2 11; Jackie Renner 1-3 1-1 3; Jasmine Hardy
1-3 0-0 3; Lem Atanga McCormick 0-5 2-2 2; Livia Rizzo 1-1 0-1 2; Shannon
Finucane 0-3 2-4 2; Savannah Holness 0-1 0-0 0; Bridget Crowley 0-2 0-0 0.
Totals 24-67 11-16 66.
Colby......................... 17 35 - 52
Amherst College............... 35 31 - 66
3-point goals-Colby 5-12 (Rachael Mack 3-6; Jacky McLaughlin 1-1; Aarika
Ritchie 1-2; Jen Nale 0-1; Diana Manduca 0-2), Amherst College 7-23
(Caroline Stedman 4-8; Marcia Voigt 2-5; Jasmine Hardy 1-2; Lem Atanga
McCormick 0-1; Shannon Finucane 0-1; Savannah Holness 0-1; Kim Fiorentino
0-5). Fouled out--Colby-None, Amherst College-None. Rebounds-Colby 46
(Rachael Mack 10), Amherst College 46 (Megan Robertson 9). Assists-Colby 13
(Rachael Mack 5), Amherst College 13 (Shannon Finucane 4). Total fouls-Colby
14, Amherst College 16. A-250


 
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