Women’s hoop loses on the road and back at home

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team dropped two recent games to fall to 14-5, 4-2 in league play. The Panthers host Colby and Bowdoin this weekend.
On this past Saturday, host Hamilton defeated Middlebury, 68-62. Hamilton improved to 9-9, 2-4 in NESCAC play.
The Panthers led at the break, 27-22, but the Continentals cut the lead to 43-41 after three periods. With the game tied at 54-54 with 3:19 left in regulation, Hamilton’s Caroline Barrett and Carly O’Hern hit back-to-back threes to put their team on top 60-54 at 2:43. The Continentals hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Alex Huffman led Middlebury with a career-high 18 points to go along with four steals, while Colleen Caveney netted a dozen with three steals and two blocks. Betsy Knox scored 10, Kira Waldman finished with seven points and eight rebounds, and Catherine Harrison grabbed nine boards to go along with six points. Panther leading scorer Sarah Kaufman missed Saturday’s game. Hamilton’s Halie Serbent recorded 19 points and eight rebounds.
On Tuesday, Middlebury struggled from the floor in a 59-37 loss to visiting Keene State (13-7). 
Waldman led the Panthers with 12 points, Knox scored 11, and Huffman added six points, six rebounds and three steals. Kaufman returned, but did not score in limited minutes. Keene’s Emily McPadden led all scorers with 18 points.

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