Women's Basketball: Mules set in-game scoring record and hea
Completely dominating their opponents in the penultimate week of the regular season, the Colby women's basketball team defeated Thomas College and Connecticut College on their way to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs. Setting records left and right, the lady Mules appear well on their way to a successful postseason run.
Coming off tight wins against both Williams College and Middlebury College, the women went into their match facing Thomas College with the aims of gaining a solid victory and some confidence. Beating their cross-town rival by a staggering score of 109-62, the Mules certainly proved that they have the offensive skills necessary to crush their competitors. Breaking a record from the 2002-2003 season, Colby's 109 points eclipsed the previous high of 105 points from a game played against Plymouth State University. Additionally, with a tally of 34 assists, the women's team broke the assists per game record, beating by four the previous count of 30 from the same 2002-2003 game played against Plymouth.
"This was another great team effort. If you look at our assist to basket ratio, you get a great sense of how unselfish this team is and how important that is to our success," Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride praised. While efforts were exceptional across the board, much credit goes to first-year guard Jayde Bennett who totaled 11 points and eight assists in her first game back from injury. Other noteworthy performances included the 19 and 14-point contributions made by first-year players Jacky McLaughlin and Diana Manduca, respectively, and the three-pointer netted by senior Alison Cappelloni that earned her the single-season record with 48 threes scored.
Confronting Connecticut College three days after such an outstanding victory, the women's momentum pushed them to another strong showing. Winning their twentieth game of the season, the Mules' record moved to 6-2 in the NESCACs and 20-3 overall. Defeating Connecticut by 26 points for a final score of 83-57, the women were exceptionally accurate, as shown by their high .557 shooting percentage. Gear McBride explained, "We had great ball movement, which created high percentage shots," and the Mules certainly capitalized on the prime opportunities that were generated. Leading by a score of 40-25 at the half, and finishing the match with a 13-0 run against Connecticut, the women held nothing back from their opponents. Highlights from the match included a stellar performance from Cappelloni, who netted all 6 of her field-goal attempts, and a sound effort off the bench from sophomore Jillian Vaughan, who added 13 points to the Mules' score.
Hoping to "close out the regular season on a positive note," Gear McBride knows that the women will need to "stay focused and channel [their] energy properly" in order to win big. Thankfully, as the last few games have proven, the women's offensive precision and defensive intensity are only continuing to grow, and certainly the women's full potential will be showcased during the playoffs.