Women's basketball clinches NESCAC playoff spot after big win

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College women's basketball team is in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after ending the regular season with a 55-38 win over Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The Mules (12-11 overall, 4-6 NESCAC) will have to wait until Sunday to find out their seed. Bates College and Williams College are both 3-6 in the league and play against each other Sunday. Colby could finish as high as fifth place depending on who wins Sunday.
 

Colby, playing without leading scorer Haley Driscoll, received a big Senior Day performance from point guard MK Caverly (pictured) and junior center Emily Davis. Caverly had nine of Colby's 14 assists and finished with 10 points in her final home game. Davis had a game-high 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting, had five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.

Ainsley Burns added 10 points for the Mules, while Paige Russell had six points. Sarah Hancock made both of her field goals for five points and Katie McCrum had five points and five boards.
 

Kadijah Mathews came off the bench with seven points and three rebounds for Wesleyan (7-15 overall, 1-9 NESCAC). Ava Tompkins also had seven points, while Tara Berger scored six, had four rebounds, and three blocked shots. Heidi Scarth had a game-high six rebounds and four points for the Cardinals.

The Mules used a 5-0 run to end the first quarter to take a 14-8 margin after 10 minutes. Caverly had four points and two assists to spark a 10-1 run to start the second quarter on the way to a 24-9 lead. 
 

Colby stayed in front by double figures the entire second half. The Mules led 43-23 after a Paige Russell 3-point shot with 3:20 left in the third quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals cut the lead to 47-33 with 8:03 to play and had a number of opportunities to make it closer. Neither team managed a point until Caverly hit two free throws with 5:27 to go.
 

Wesleyan had a 42-31 rebounding advantage, but the Mules held the Cardinals to 29.4 percent shooting from the field. Wesleyan hurts its own cause with 23 turnovers to the Mules' 13.

 
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