WATERVILLE, Maine --- The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team ran into a Colby College squad that shot the lights out from 3-point range and hit a school record 17 treys on its way to a 72-50 win, Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Colby (7-10) was 17-of-34 (.500) from beyond the arc, eclipsing the previous program record of 11 3-pointers. Three separate Mules players hit three 3-pointers, with Jen Nale draining four on her way to a game high 14 points.
The Mules shot 42.9 percent (24-of-56) for the entire game, while UMaine-Farmington (5-11) was held to 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the floor. The Beavers were held to just four 3-pointers on the night.
Junior Holly Oliver (Belgrade Lakes, Maine/Messalonskee) was the lone UMF player to crack double-digits, finishing with 10 points. Playing virtually in front of a hometown crowd, Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine/Winslow) charted nine points off the bench, while Rachel Clement (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) and Mallory Bonnevie (Jay, Maine/Jay) each logged six points. Clement also handed out a team high three assists, while Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay Regional) grabbed six rebounds.
For Colby, Jacky McLaughlin and Gabe Donahue each finished with 11 points. Kim Donaldson had five rebounds, leading a Mule squad that outrebounded the Beavers, 40-30.
The Mules opened up a 14-5 lead after five minutes of play, with 12 of the 14 points coming off 3-point shots. The Beavers chipped away at the lead and only trailed 22-19 after Ferry made a 3-point play with 7:23 to play in the opening frame. Colby, however, used a 20-0 run to go up 42-19 and took a 43-23 lead into intermission.
UMF scored the first basket of the second half to cut the margin to 18 points, but Colby quickly scored to go back up by 20. The Mules led by as much as 28 points at 60-32 with 12:43 to play, and the Beavers were unable to ever mount a successful challenge to the Colby lead.
UMaine-Farmington returns home for its next two contests, starting with a game against Green Mountain College on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Gym. UMF follows up by hosting Castleton State the next afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3:00 p.m.