Panther women’s basketball splits league games, falls on road
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team won once in three recent games, including a split of weekend NESCAC road contests. The Panthers are 10-7 heading into a Thursday, Jan. 22, home game vs. Keene State, and then are off until Jan. 30.
On Tuesday, host Smith (6-10) defeated the Panthers, 65-59, in a back-and-forth game. The Pioneers took a 27-17 halftime lead, but a late 10-0 Panther run made it 46-45, Middlebury, with 3:25 to go. But Smith’s Meghan Holland hit a go-ahead three for her team, and the Pioneers maintained it the rest of the way by hitting 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch. Smith avenged an early-season 67-50 loss to Middlebury.
Middlebury’s Sabrina Weeks notched a game-high 16 points, while Rachel Crews had 13 points, four boards and a pair of blocks. Sarah Kaufman chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Krystina Reynolds added nine points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
On Sunday, Connecticut College outscored Middlebury 24-5 over the final 11:16 on its way to a 54-35 win over the Panthers (10-6, 2-2) in NESCAC play.
Crews finished with a game-high 13 points and six rebounds to lead the visitors, while Kaufman chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. Elizabeth Knox recorded 10 points and six rebounds, and those three were the only Panthers to score in the game.
The Camels led at the break, 24-16, but Middlebury went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to take a 27-26 lead. But the Camels then hit a three-pointer and led the rest of the way. The Panthers shot just 25 percent from the floor, and the Camels enjoyed a 49-33 advantage on the boards.
On Saturday, the Panthers edged host Wesleyan (6-8, 0-3 NESCAC), 50-46. Kaufman scored a key hoop on a give-and-go feed from Knox in the final minute. That bucket made it 48-44 with 45 seconds left.
Weeks led three Panthers in double figures with 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Kaufman and Knox each finished with 10 points, while Knox also grabbed 10 boards for her fifth double-double of the winter.
Wesleyan held a 48-42 edge on the glass, but was held to 26.5 percent shooting. The Panthers hit 35.1 percent of their attempts from the floor.
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