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McCrum, Burns lead women's basketball to league victory

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Ainsley Burns and Katie McCrum combined for 46 points and Colby College earned the NESCAC win it needed with a 56-55 victory over Hamilton College in women's basketball Saturday.
The Mules improve to 7-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference, while Hamilton falls to 10-7 and 0-5 in the league.
"It was a total team effort today," Colby head coach Brittany Gaetano said. "I’m so proud of the resiliency our team has shown and the way they showed up to practice all week." 
By the numbers
* Burns (pictured) had 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting, four 3-point shots, six rebounds, and four blocked shots. She had 13 points and three blocks in the second half.
* McCrum had her best game of the season with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 6-for-9 from long range, nine rebounds, and three assists. She had 14 points and six rebounds in the opening half.
* Jane MacKerron was strong inside with eight points on 4-for-7 shooting and nine rebounds for the Mules. Grace Coutu added eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Sarah Hancock had a game-high six assists and pulled down seven boards.
* Halie Serbent led Hamilton with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists. 
* The Continentals had 13 points apiece from Kelcie Zarle and Marie Steiner. Carly O'Hern had seven rebounds and a team-high four assists.
* The Mules had a 46-42 rebounding advantage, but Hamilton committed just two turnovers. Colby also protected the basketball with 11 turnovers.
Game highlights
* The Mules held a second straight opponent to just 21 first-half points. Colby held third-ranked Amherst College to just 21 points Friday. The Mules took a 33-21 lead at intermission after leading 13-10 after a quarter.
* The Continentals had a big third quarter, scoring 24 points and surpassing their point total for the opening half. Hamilton cut the lead to 47-45 behind nine points from Steiner in the quarter.
* The Mules led 51-47 when Serbent hit back-to-back 3-point shots to give Hamilton a 53-51 lead with 3:28 to play. McCrum, though, put Colby back in front by one with a 3-point shot with 3:01 left.
* After both teams had chances, Zarle scored on a layup with 1:13 remaining to give the Continentals a 55-54 lead. Burns answered with a pass from Paige Russell to give Colby the final points with 43 seconds remaining.
* Hamilton had a miss with 16 seconds left and then had to foul because it was not in the penalty. O'Hern made a steal with six seconds, but Hamilton had problems getting organized and called time with one second remaining. The Continentals missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.
Next up
* Colby will play host to University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at 7 p.m.