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Colgate Scores 69-56 Win Over Lafayette in Women's Basketball

Jan. 10, 2006

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EASTON, Pa. ( - Vanessa Van De Venter poured in a career-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough for Lafayette to overcome balanced scoring from Colgate as the Raiders captured a 69-56 road victory in Patriot League women's basketball on Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

Van De Venter scored the Leopards' first six points but was matched by Colgate freshman Gretchen Polinski, who hit a trio of three-pointers in the first six minutes to give her team a 14-6 lead. The Raiders maintained at least a six-point advantage until Kristin Doherty made a layup to bring Lafayette within 27-22 with 2:50 left in the first half.

Colgate (3-11, 1-1 PL) stretched its lead to nine before Van De Venter beat the buzzer with her first career three-pointer to make the score 33-27 at the break.

Lafayette twice pulled within four early in the second half, first on a three by Kara Stetler and later on a triple by Cristin Zavocki that narrowed the margin to 40-38 with 13:07 remaining. Colgate responded with an 11-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Shevorne Martin, over the next 4:14 to essentially put the game out of reach.

Megan Ballard, ranked sixth in the nation with 4.1 steals per game entering the contest, led Colgate with 16 points and three thefts. Backcourt mate Melanie Cargle had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Caitlin Gillard scored 12 as well.

Van De Venter had her fourth career game with at least 20 points and eclipsed her previous career-high of 23 points which she set against Texas Pan-American last year as a freshman.

Freshman Emily Garner was the Leopards' second-leading scorer, contributing seven points and five rebounds.

Lafayette will host Navy on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m. The Mids evened their Patriot League record at 1-1 tonight with an 89-82 overtime victory at Lehigh.