Women's basketball falls, needs win Saturday to make playoffs

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Jackie Albanese finished with 16 points for the Colby College women's basketball team, but Wesleyan University used a big second half on the way to a 78-59 NESCAC win Friday night.
 
Colby drops to 10-13 and 2-7 in the league, but can still make the conference playoffs with a win at home Saturday against Connecticut College at 3 p.m. Wesleyan clinched a league playoff spot in improving to 14-9 overall and 4-5 in the league. 
 
By the numbers
* Olivia Gorman finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Tara Berger had 21 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Berger had 14 defensive boards.
 
* Albanese (pictured) led Colby with 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and 6-for-6 from the foul line. 
 
* Keagan Dunbar also made all six of her free throws for 14 points and Ainsley Burns added 12 points. 
 
* The Cardinals had a 52-34 rebounding advantage, including 17 on the offensive boards. The Mules did shoot 20-for-24 from the foul line.
 
Game highlights
* Wesleyan had a nice start to the game and led 20-11. However, the Mules scored the final eight points of the first quarter to make it 20-19.
 
* The Cardinals had a 29-27 lead with 2:57 left to halftime and then used a 9-5 run to take a 38-32 lead at the break.
 
* Colby trailed 42-36 when Wesleyan used a 16-6 run to go up 58-42 in the third quarter.