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The Colby women's basketball team entered the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England championships seeded fifth of eight teams and missing senior guard and 1,000-point scorer Kim Condon due to a knee injury. Not to worry. "We wanted to prove something," said head coach Tricia O'Brien. "As the number five seed, we felt we weren't getting the respect we deserved."
In the first round the Mules faced fourth-seeded Bates, a team they lost to twice in overtime during the regular season. In this meeting Colby won decisively, 75-60. Next up was top-ranked Amherst in the semifinals, another team Colby had lost to in the regular season. In the single-elimination tournament Amherst went down 80-64.
Colby faced second-seeded Wellesley College in the championships. The Mules shot 15 of 22 from the free-throw line, and sophomore forward Sarah Walsh scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help lead Colby to a 62-58 championship win.
"The reason we won was team 'D'," said O'Brien. "We clamped down on defense."
The win gave Colby its first ECAC title since 1991 and a 22-7 season record. Walsh was named the ECAC tournament's Most Valuable Player, the 2001 Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and second team All-NESCAC . She also was second in NESCAC play in rebounds, averaging 11.4 rebounds per league game, and led Colby in scoring with 13.2 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game for the entire season.
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