Waterville, Maine - First-year Ainsley Burns (Barrington, R.I.) scored 19 points for Colby while the Mules held the Trinity College Bantams to 25.6 percent shooting in a 59-39 victory on Friday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Friday night in Waterville. The Mules improve to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play while the Bantams drop to 11-4 on the year and 2-2 in the league.
Burns was 9-for-15 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists while junior Haley Driscoll (Bedford, N.H.) added 13 points. Trinity was led offensively by sophomore Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) who had a team-high 10 points, followed by classmate Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) who added eight points. Trinity had just 11 made field goals in the game, but did shoot 14-for-18 from the foul line.
The Bantams took their only lead of the game with the first basket of the contest via a layup by senior co-captain Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.) before the Mules used an 18-5 run to take an 11-point lead into the second quarter. Both teams struggled from the field in the second quarter, combining for just 10 points in 10 minutes. The Mules had six of the 10 points, led by Driscoll with four, and took a 24-11 lead into the locker rooms.
Colby pulled away in the third quarter behind eight points from Burns to open up a 46-27 lead after 30 minutes of action. Cunningham scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter but a stingy Mules defense kept the game at arms length as the hosts cruised to the 20-point victory.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Brunswick, Maine to take on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.