WATERVILLE — The Colby College women’s basketball team never trailed in Tuesday’s 72-40 win over Pine Manor. With a big New England Small College Athletic Conference game coming on Saturday against rival Bowdoin, the win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Mules. While the score was lop-sided against the overmatched Gators, the game gave Colby some things to work on with tougher competition ahead.

The Mules (7-7) committed 22 turnovers, and shot just 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3 for 16). Colby did dominate inside, scoring 30 points in the paint to Pine Manor’s 10, and scored 29 points off Pine Manor’s 28 turnovers.

Colby started working the ball inside right from the opening tip, with senior center Haley Driscoll scoring the first six points of the game, all in the low post. Driscoll scored a game-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds.

The Mules led 15-4 after one quarter and 35-19 at the half. Colby flirted with a 20-point lead for most of the first three quarters, but couldn’t push past the 20-point cushion until the final minute of the third quarter, when Driscoll sank a pair of free throws for a 50-29 lead. Colby outscored the Gators 22-9 in the fourth for the final margin of victory.

Eleven players scored for the Mules. Aimsley Burns came off the bench for 12 points, while Katie McCrum had six assists and three steals. Colby had 17 rebounds which led to 16 second chance points, and outrebounded Pine Manor, 48-28.

Shaneka Monroe led Pine Manor with 12 points.

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