SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Colby College and Babson College women’s basketball teams struggled in the first half, but the Mules scored 40 points in the final two quarters to pull out a 54-44 victory on the first day of the Springfield College Classic on Saturday.
The Mules, winners of three straight games, improve to 5-3 overall and will play Springfield on Sunday at 2 p.m. The games in the tourney were set up ahead of time. Babson dropped to 6-4 overall.
By the numbers
* Katie McCrum, a co-captain, finished with 13 points, three assists, and shot 5-for-6 from the foul line to lead Colby.
* Haley Driscoll added eight points and 10 rebounds, while Ainsley Burns had nine points, two blocked shots, and two assists for the Mules. Emily Davis pulled down 10 defensive rebounds, Jackie Albanese came off the bench with eight points, and Sarah Hancock dished four assists, pulled down five rebounds, and had two steals.
* The Mules held Babson to just 22.1 percent (15-for-68) shooting from the field.
* The Mules fell behind 12-2 early in the second quarter, but battled back and only trailed 16-14 at halftime. Colby scored 19 points in the third quarter and finished strong with 21 in the final 10 minutes.
* Colby took its first lead of the game when Burns hit a jumper to make it 24-22 in the third quarter. The Mules took a 33-32 lead into the final quarter.
* Clinging to a two-point advantage midway through the fourth, Colby pushed its lead to four on an inside basket from Driscoll, a lead it would hold on to until McCrum hit a deep two to make it 47-41 with 2:34 to play.