BENNETT’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE HELPS COLBY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BEAT TUFTS, 67-54

First year Liz Moynihan tallied a season-high 16 points for the Jumbos

WATERVILLE, Me. - Jayde Bennett (Lynn, MA) had her first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as Colby College had five players in double figures in a 67-54 victory over Tufts University in NESCAC women's basketball action on Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Bennett, who is just 5'4", had seven points and seven rebounds in the second half. She was two for four from the field, seven for 10 from the foul line and dished three assists.

Colby moves to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC after beating Bates College on Friday night in triple overtime. Tufts fell to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

Jules Kowalski (Montville, NJ) also had a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and she blocked three shots. Kelly Potvin (Sherborn, MA) came off the bench with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jil Vaughan (Wareham, MA) and Rachael Mack (Augusta, ME) both had 10 points and six boards. Diana Manduca (Portland, ME) had a game-high seven assists and Aarika Ritchie (Lee, ME) had six points with two big three-point shots in the second half.

Tufts, playing without NESCAC leading scorer Colleen Hart (Needham, MA), received 16 points from first year Liz Moynihan (Storrs, CT). Sophomore transfer Collier Clegg (Evanston, IL) added 10 points and junior Tiffany Kornegay (Carver, MA) finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Colby held a 30-27 lead at halftime and only led 36-35 when Kornegay hit a basket with 13:57 to play. The Mules used a 10-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to take a 46-35 margin when Kowalski nailed two free throws with 9:30 to play.

The Jumbos got as close as seven points on two occasions the rest of the way, the second coming with just 1:49 to play when Caitlin McClure (Arlington, VA) nailed a three-point shot to cut the margin to 60-53. Kowalski scored inside with 1:10 to play and Manduca hit a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left to give Colby breathing room at 64-53.

The Mules had a 51-29 rebounding advantage and also helped their own cause by shooting 85 percent (22/26) from the foul line.

Next up for Tufts is a non-conference challenge at Emmanuel on Tuesday night. The Mules play at Regis College on Tuesday night.

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