NEW LONDON, New Hampshire - First year head coach Chenel Harris-Smith and the Colby Women's Basketball Team put on a great showing in their fist game of the season at the Colby-Sawyer tip off but fell just short to the St. Lawrence Saints 66-59.
It was a back and forth battle throughout. Two evenly matched teams traded baskets to start the game with the Saints holding a 12-10 lead to end the first quarter. Just when St. Lawrence started to gain a little ground in the second quarter, Colby hit some big shots to pull them right back into striking distance. St. Lawrence held a 21-14 lead with 2:54 seconds left in the second quarter but Colby hit their stride when it mattered and used some timely shots to cut the Saints lead to 24-21 with 00:38 seconds left, which it where it would stay going into half.
Both teams came out with something to prove in the third. Olivia Middleton and Ava McCann of St. Lawrence, both scoring in double figures with 20 points and 15 points, respectivly, helped the Saints jump out to an 11 point lead with 4:52 seconds remaining in the third. As the Mules had done all game, they came fighting back to cut the lead to 5 by the end of the quarter. Carly Christofori (photo inset), Ainsley Burns, and Brooke Guiffre all did their part to get the Mules back into it. Christofori hit 4 out of 5 field goals to finish with 9 points, Burns pitched in 17, and Guiffre ended with 12. Jane MacKerron of Colby added 10 points to help keep the Mules in the game.
The Saints and Mules gave the crowd their moneys worth in the fourth quarter trading baskets throughout. It was a two point Saints lead with 2:26 remaing in the game. St. Lawrence was able to hit some cluth free throws in the end to close out Colby to get the victory.
Colby will play again tomorrow in their second game of the Colby-Sawyer Tip off againt Fitchburg St. at 2:00 PM.