WATERVILLE, Maine ---- Colby College senior co-captain Rachael Mack (Cony/Augusta, Maine) earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second time this season on Monday.
Mack helped the Mules with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in Colby's 61-59 win over Williams College in a league quarterfinal game Saturday. She also tied a team-high in points (18) and had a team-high seven rebounds in a 65-59 loss at 17th-ranked Babson College last Tuesday.
Mack's difference in the victory over Williams was more than statistic totals. She made a number of key plays in the closing minutes and dominated the boards over the final nine minutes of the contest. She had seven of her game-high 10 rebounds during that time.
With the Mules trailing 56-51 against the Ephs, Mack drilled a 3-point shot with 2:06 to play that cut the margin to 56-54. With that same score, Colby missed a front end of a one-and-one with 1:19 to play and Mack pulled down the offensive rebound that led to a 3-point play by teammate Jayde Bennett that gave the Mules a 57-56 lead. Mack also had a defensive rebound that led to Bennett's two free throws with 27 seconds remaining for a 59-56 lead.
Mack is first on the Mules in 3-point field goal percentage (.403) and steals (38) -- and ranks second in scoring (12.9), rebounding (7.2), blocks (25), free throw percentage (.884), and field goal percentage (.500). Mack also moved into sixth place on Colby's all-time scoring list with 1,230 points, passing former All-NESCAC player Alison Cappelloni (1,229). She also has 792 rebounds, 151 assists, 124 steals, and 120 blocked shots to go along with career shooting marks of 52 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point rainge, and 85 percent from the foul line.
In the latest NESCAC statistics, Mack ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (.500), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.403), sixth in scoring (12.9) and rebounding (7.2), and 10th in blocked shots (1.00). She also is shooting 88 percent from the foul line, but does not have the minimum number of makes to be in the top 10.
Colby is 19-6 this season heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. (new time start) game at Amherst College in a NESCAC semifinal. The Mules have a 78-29 record and two trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament during Mack's four seasons.