Burns, defense lead women's basketball to victory over Trinity

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Ainsley Burns (pictured) scored 19 points and the Colby College women's basketball team held Trinity College to 25.6 percent shooting in a 59-39 victory in NESCAC play Friday night.

The Mules improve to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play heading into Saturday's 3 p.m. home game with second-ranked Amherst College. The Bantams drop to 11-4, 2-2 in the league, and will play at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 3 p.m. Amherst took a win over Bowdoin on Friday.

Burns was 9-for-15 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists. Haley Driscoll added 13 points, while Katie McCrum had nine points and four assists. Emily Davis had seven points and three assists and Paige Russell contributed six points and seven rebounds.

Courtney Erickson led the Bantams with 10 points, while Erin Cunningham had eight points. Trinity had just 11 made field goals in the game, but did shoot 14-for-18 from the foul line. 

The Bantams took their only lead of the game with the first basket of the contest, but the Mules went on to take an 18-7 lead after the opening quarter. 

Both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter, combining for just 10 points in 10 minutes. The Mules had six of the 10 points and took a 24-11 lead into halftime.

Colby steadily pulled away in the third quarter and led 46-27 after 30 minutes. The Mules used stingy half-court defense to force the Bantams to go deep into the shot clock on many possessions in the game.

Colby shot 46.4 percent from the field and had a 39-27 rebounding advantage. The Mules led by as much as 27 points in the final quarter.

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