Teams: Women's Basketball: Schedule & Results
MACK LEADS COLBY TO UPSET OF #11 TUFTS, 58-55
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL SCORE
Colby 58, Tufts 55
At Waterville, ME
Friday, January 23, 2009
|First-year Rachel Figaro finished with eight
points and nine rebounds off the bench
WATERVILLE, Me. -- First-year Rachael Mack (Augusta, ME), who had game-highs
of 17 points and 11 rebounds, went four for four from the foul line
in the final 22 seconds as the Colby College women�s basketball team
upset 11th-ranked Tufts University, 58-55, on Friday night at
The Mules improve to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Tufts falls to 12-2 overall
and 2-1 in the league.
Mack was 11 for 11 from the foul line and improved her season
total to 86 percent (43 for 50) shooting from the line. Colby twice
ran out-of-bounds plays to get Mack the ball to take
advantage of her excellent free throw shooting. She did not
disappoint with four straight swishes, the first two with 22 seconds
left for a 56-52 lead. However,
Tufts cut the lead to 56-55 when sophomore Colleen Hart (Needham,
MA) hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with 14.8 seconds
remaining. Mack went back to the foul line with 12 seconds left and
calmly sank two more shots for a 58-55 margin. Tufts had two three-point
shot opportunities in the final seconds that missed.
The Jumbos and the Mules went back-and-forth in the first half
before Colby pulled away for a 23-16 lead with 2:45 to play.
However, Tufts stormed back behind six points from junior Casey
Sullivan (Berlin, CT) to use a 10-2 run to take a 26-25 margin at
Tufts stayed hot early in the second half and went up 40-29
when Sullivan nailed a jumper with 15 minutes to play. The Mules
picked away at the lead and finally tied the game at 46-46 when Mack
scored on a three-point play with 4:33 to go. Colby held Tufts to just
six points in more than 10 minutes of play during that stretch.
Tufts took its last lead of the game when first-year Rachel Figaro (Windham, NH) scored inside for a 50-48 lead with 3:05 to play. Alison Cappelloni (Sudbury, MA) hit a pair of free throws for the Mules
with 2:41 to play and Mary Cummings (Summit, NJ) nailed a jumper
with 2:08 to play for a 52-50 Mule lead.
The Jumbos tied the game again at 52-52 when senior Katie Tausanovitch
(Lyme, NH) hit a short jumper with 1:48 to play, but Julianne
Kowalski (Montville, NJ) hit a pair of free throws with 47 seconds
left that put Colby up for good at 54-52.
Mack also led the Mules in assists with three and steals with two.
Kowalski added 10 points and five rebounds, while Cappelloni had
eight points and eight rebounds. Sam Allen (Bridgton, ME) had all
nine of her points in the first half for Colby and Cummings was
solid with six points and a pair of assists in 26 minutes of play.
Sullivan paced Tufts with 15 points and four assists, Tausanovitch
had 11 points, Figaro finished with eight points and nine rebounds
and Hart had nine points and five assists.
The Mules held Tufts to just 32 percent field goal shooting, but the
Jumbos helped their cause with 18 offensive rebounds. Tufts played
without leading scorer Julia Baily (Farmington, CT) due to a
Tufts heads to Bowdoin College tomorrow for another NESCAC game
at 2 pm. Meanwhile,
Colby will entertain Bates College in a NESCAC game at 3 pm.