UNION, N.J. — Colby College’s MK Caverly (Point Pleasant, N.J.) made the most of playing in her home state of New Jersey with one of the best games of her collegiate career in the Mules’ 69-63 win over Kean University in non-conference women’s basketball Friday.
Caverly had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She was 10-for-12 from the foul line, 3-of-5 from the field, and made key free throws in the final 36 seconds. She also had three assists, two steals, and one blocked shot.
The Mules improve to 6-4 overall and had the benefit of playing a tight game heading into their New England Small College Athletic Conference opener. Colby plays at Bates College on Friday at 7 p.m. and then visits top-ranked Tufts University on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Colby first-year Ainsley Burns (Barrington, R.I.) shot 7-for-9 from the field on the way to 15 points, two steals, and a big blocked shot in the fourth quarter. Haley Driscoll (Bedford, N.H.) also had 15 points and contributed seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocked shots. Jackie Albanese (Manhasset, N.Y.) added seven points, while Emily Davis (Sudbury, Mass.) had five points, six rebounds, four steals, and two assists.
Kean’s Jaquetta Owens led all scorers with 21 points, but she shot just 5-for-21 from the field while dishing five assists. De’Mean Bond added 12 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, and two blocks. Ruby Asabor added five blocked shots and six points.
Burns nailed a 3-point shot at the third quarter buzzer to give the Mules a 51-47 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. Colby led 53-47 when Kean (7-5 overall) went on a 9-0 run to take a 56-53 lead with 6:42 to play.
With the Mules trailing 58-57, Davis hit a jumper with 3:31 remaining to give the Mules the lead for good. Kean cut Colby’s lead to 62-61 with 1:20 remaining after Owens hit a pair of free throws.
Colby, though, got an inside basket from Driscoll with 58 seconds left and Caverly nailed two free throws with 36 seconds remaining for a 66-61 lead. Kean missed on two 3-point shots, including one blocked by Burns with 29 seconds to go. Driscoll made one free throw for a 67-61 margin. After a bucket by the Cougars cut the lead to 67-63, Caverly closed out the scoring with two free throws with 16 seconds to play.
The Mules led 20-15 after a quarter and took a 33-28 lead into intermission. Colby shot 47.9 percent (23-for-48) from the field and held Kean to just 33.9 percent (21-for-62) shooting. The Mules had a 37-33 advantage on the boards.