Colby gets past Stevens by 10
Mules kick out 28-4 spurt to pull away in sloppy contest
WAYNE, N.J. – Colby held Stevens without a field goal for almost 13 minutes, outscoring the Ducks 28-4 during that span to earn a 58-48 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 4 at the William Paterson University Recreation Center.
The Mules (22-5) advanced to the second round on Saturday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Rec Center, and will play No. 17/19 William Paterson (25-3), which was an 81-47 winner against Keuka (24-3) in the night’s other first-round contest.
Both teams experienced some early jitters, combining for 30 turnovers and just 12 field goals made during the game’s first 20 minutes. Six lead changes and three ties marked the first half, with neither team owning more than a six-point edge until the last minute.
Junior guard Aarika Ritchie drained a pair of free throws to expand Colby’s lead from three to five at 23-18 with 1:59 left before the break, and two 3-pointers on back-to-back Mule possessions during the final minute by sophomore Diana Manduca and senior Karlyn Adler opened things up to hand Colby a 29-18 halftime lead.
Stevens was 4 for 18 (.222) from the floor while the Mules were 8 for 20 (.400) during the opening period, and Colby held a slight lead 16-14 in turnovers. Colby finished the half with a 20-3 run as Stevens’ last field goal of the period came at the 8:24 mark on a Molly Spadaro 3-pointer that gave the Ducks a 15-9 edge.
Four points by sophomore guard Jacky McLaughlin and a Rachael Mack layup helped Colby open a 37-18 lead 2:59 into the second half before Stevens’ Lisa Tessitore ended the Ducks’ field-goal drought with a jumper at the 16:10 mark to make it 37-21. Stevens was undeterred by the lack of offensive production, using the bucket to get started and eventually produce a 12-4 spurt that ended with a Dawn Garcia 3-pointer, making it a 43-33 game with 10:50 to play.
Stevens (21-7) got as close as nine when junior guard/forward Victoria Webber completed an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 47-38 with 4:04 left, and again at 49-40 a minute later, but Colby was able to thwart any final push by the Ducks down the stretch.
Manduca paced the Mules with 13 points, three assists and four steals. Ritchie had 12 tallies and seven rebounds, and Mack posted nine points and a game-best 12 boards. Colby finished hitting 39.6 percent (19 of 48) from the floor while limiting the Ducks to 13 for 43 (30.2 percent) shooting.
Webber led Stevens with 16 points, 10 coming at the free throw line. Senior center Victoria O’Connor added eight tallies off the bench.