Women’s Basketball prevails in the NESCAC Quarterfinal

Colby Women’s Basketball earned a massive 75-66 win over Connecticut College this past Saturday to earn their ticket to the NESCAC final four. Mules will face the top-seeded Tufts Jumbos on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. in Medford, Massachusetts.

Colby came into the game in New London, Connecticut as the fifth seed, the team’s highest since the 2011-12 season. In addition, the Camels had defeated Colby 69-63 just days before. Although the Mules finished with a less-than-spectacular 14-10 overall and 6-4 NESCAC record, the Colby women refused to let the past faze them, and made the drive down I-95 with victory in mind. The momentum swung further towards the away team when top-scoring Camel player Mairead Hynes, went down with an injury just two minutes into the game. Nevertheless, Conn. College had their foot on the gas and maintained a lead throughout the first half. The Camels led 38-32 with just 44 seconds before the break, however a jump-shot from Carylanne Wolfington ’16 and a three-pointer from Desi Smith ’16 with one second left in the half shrunk the lead to one point. Wolfington finished with 11 points and Smith had nine. 

The Mules used the run from the end of the first half as momentum heading into the second half, where Smith nailed another three-pointer to take a two point lead. After the Camels tied the game up at 40 points apiece, MaryKate Caverly ’17 made a tip-in to give the lead back to Colby.  The Mules refused to look back as they took a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter and extended it to 12 points with less than a minute to play. With that, Colby Women’s Basketball spoiled the party in New London and celebrated one of the biggest wins in recent years for the program. 

Colby played excellently as a team as they tallied 18 assists off 26 made field goals. They also went 11-19 as from behind the arc, which contrasted Conn. College’s weak 4-14 tally. The Camels also shot themselves in the hoof by shooting a measly 6-15 (40 percent) from the free throw line. The entire Colby team stepped up, but nobody had a more massive game in a key moment than Caverly, who scored a career-high 23 points while shooting 8-13 from the field and 3-4 from three-point range and adding four assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Her point total in what is perhaps the greatest collegiate game of her career totaled 11 more than any other player in the game. Her performance was recognized at the regional level, as she was named to the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) honor roll and earned NESCAC player of the week honors.

The Mules look towards this weekend with high hopes. Wins against both league-powerhouse Tufts and the winner of the Amherst/Bowdoin game will mean a NESCAC championship for this exciting Women’s squad.