Colby-Sawyer Falls to #21 Ithaca in NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
GORHAM, Maine – The Colby-Sawyer women's basketball team fell to #21 Ithaca, 56-43 in the 2012-13 NCAA First Round at Hill Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.
Ithaca (26-2) will advance to play the winner of the University of Southern Maine (26-1) versus Smith (22-4) on Saturday at 7:00 pm. The Chargers end the season with a 23-6 record.
Friday's game was the second all-time meeting between the two teams. Ithaca earned a 64-46 over the Chargers in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Ithaca was led by 17 points from Devin Shea. Mary Kate Tierney had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also added a game best five steals. Jenn Escobido also recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.
The Chargers received a team best 12 points from senior Sammi Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.) on 6-8 shooting. Senior Cailin Bullett (Millbury, Mass.) was the only other Charger to reach double-figures with 10 points. She also brought down a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Kelsey Cahill (Cumberland, R.I.) added eight points.
Colby-Sawyer senior Cailin Bullett ended an 11-4 run over the first 3:20 minutes to open the first half. Ithaca methodically regained the lead as both teams struggled to take care of the ball. Each side committed 14 miscues.
The Bombers went in front 17-14 with 6:00 minutes remaining before Colby-Sawyer's Sammi Lehr cut the deficit to one with 3:10 left. A Bullett lay-in one minute later put the Chargers back in front 18-17. Devin Shea and Mary Kate Tierney each scored a bucket to give Ithaca a 21-18, but Kelsey Cahill narrowed the gap to one with her second hoop of the game.
A Shea free throw and a put-back by Jenn Escobido ended the half sending the Bombers into the locker room with a 24-20 advantage. Shea had a game-high nine points in the first, while Lehr led Colby-Sawyer with 6 on 3-3 shooting. Ithaca held a 22-12 edge on the glass.
Ithaca's Devin Shea continued her impressive play in the post early in the second half. She scored seven of the team's first 12 points as the Bombers' lead ballooned to 36-22 5:00 into the frame.
Trailing by 22 with 12:16 minutes to play, the Chargers rattled off six straight points in a two minute spurt to cut the Ithaca lead to 46-30. Colby-Sawyer picked up their defense over the next eight minutes and held Ithaca without a point. The Chargers scored nine more points to give the team 15 straight points and cut the deficit to 46-39. After an Ithaca free throw, Sammi Lehr hit a layup with 2:35 to make the score 47-41 bringing the Chargers the closest they've been since the 19 minute mark.
Mary Kate Tierney scored five straight points for the Bombers, increasing their lead to 52-41 with less than two minutes to play. Cahill brought the Chargers a bucket closer with a layup, but Ithaca converted its free throws down the stretch to secure the 56-43 victory.
February 25, 2013
The Colby-Sawyer women's basketball team will play #21 Ithaca in the 2012-13 NCAA First Round on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 pm. The game will be played at Hill Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.
The host University of Southern Maine Huskies (27-1) will play Smith College (22-4) at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children six years old and under are admitted free. Tickets bought on Friday will include admission into both games. The Colby-Sawyer athletic department will pay for the first 50 Colby-Sawyer students in attendance.
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SCOUTING ITHACA: The Bombers enter the NCAA Tournament riding a 12-game win streak. Ithaca is 25-2 overall and won the Empire 8 Championship. The team is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and ninth in the past 13 seasons. Ithaca is led by junior guard Kathryn Campbell who is the only Bomber to average double-figures with 12.6 points per game.
CHARGERS UPDATE: Colby-Sawyer won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in just the team's second year in the conference. The Chargers have lost only once since the beginning of December and tied a school record with 17 consecutive wins in that stretch. Senior Taylor DeSanty leads the team with 17.3 points per game and was named NAC Player of the Year for the second straight season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT: This year's trip to the NCAA Tournament is the program's seventh and first since the 2007-08 season. The team's lone win in the tournament came in 1998-99 against Hunter, 74-60.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Friday's game will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams. Ithaca earned a 64-46 over the Chargers in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.