Defense, rebounding dominance help women's basketball beat Bates

LEWISTON, Maine -- Katie McCrum scored a game-high 19 points and Colby College's defense held BatesCollege to just 24.5 percent shooting in a 58-47 non-conference victory on Tuesday.

In a tough place to play, the Mules improved to 3-3 overall. The Bobcats dropped to 3-4.

By the numbers
* McCrum (pictured) was 9-for-14 from the field, added nine rebounds, and three assists. 
* Haley Driscoll, a captain along with McCrum, added 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting and also dished three assists. Jackie Albanese had one of her stronger games as a Mule with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range, and three rebounds off the bench. 
* Besides the defensive effort, Colby dominated the boards with a 46-27 rebounding margin. Paige Russell had game-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists, while Emily Davis pulled down eight boards and had six points. Ainsley Burns also helped out with six rebounds.
* The Bobcats shot just 13-for-53 from the field and were led by 12 points from Nina Davenport.
Game highlights
* After the two teams battled to a 9-9 tie after one quarter, the Mules went ahead for good with 23 points in the second quarter. McCrum had four points, four rebounds, and three assists in the quarter. Albanese hit two 3-point shots and Driscoll had five points.
* The Bobcats trailed 41-36 after three quarters and got as close as four points at 45-41. The Mules, though, used a 7-0 scoring run to go up 52-41 and pushed the lead to 58-43.
Next on the schedule
* The Mules play host to Becker College on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the final game of the first semester.