Women’s Basketball wins at last second

The Colby Women’s Basketball team kicked off a busy week with a difficult game against Division I University of Maine-Orono (UMO) on Tuesday. Games between Division I and Division III teams are rare and usually only occur in the first few games of the season, as they are often treated as warm-up games for the DI school. The teams met at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, with Colby looking to prove that they could hang with the higher division Black Bears.

UMO came out firing in the first half, quickly taking a 22-5 lead over the Mules. Colby struggled to get their offense going against the Black Bears’ defense, which forced 20 turnovers in the game. The Mules improved as the game went on but the score stood 47-17 at the half. Coach Julie Veilleux made some adjustments during the break, putting  in some of the reserves with the hope that they might provide a spark to pull the Mules back. The game finished 82-42, in favor of the Black Bears for Colby’s first loss of the year. The Mules still took some positives out of the game: they had the opportunity  to compete against the best team they will likely play all year, and to provide reserve players some valuable experience. Captain Mia Diplock ’16 finished as the team’s highest scorer on the day, with nine  points from 3-7 shooting, including two three-pointers.

Later in the week, the Mules showed their resiliency on Friday, bouncing back to defeat University of Maine-Fort Kent 72-53 in the first game of the Colby Classic.

The Mules finished off the weekend in dramatic fashion by winning their second game of the Colby Classic over Saint Joseph’s College on Sunday by a score of 66-64. Saint Joseph’s had possession with the game tied at 64 and 28 seconds left. Colby recovered the rebound after a Saint Joseph’s missed shot,

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