Middlebury women’s hoop claims Boston tournament

BOSTON — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team coasted to a pair of wins this past weekend in claiming the trophy of the Emerson College Tip-Off Classic.
The 2-0 Panthers were set to visit Johnson State on Tuesday after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent, and will visit Clarkson on Sunday. The Panthers will host RPI in their home opener at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
On this past Sunday, the Panthers outscored Mount St. Mary by 26-8 in the third quarter on the way to a 59-34 victory in the tournament final. Mount St. Mary fell to 1-2.
Middlebury’s Colleen Caveney earned the classic’s Most Outstanding Player, finishing the two contests with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent. Alex Huffman (nine points, 12 rebounds, six assists, six steals) and Sarah Kaufman (17 points, nine rebounds, three assists) also made the all-tournament team.
The Panthers led at the half, 22-12, after holding the Knights scoreless for the first 8:46 of the first quarter. A 5-1 run at the end of the second quarter on hoops by Betsy Knox and Emily Wander created the 10-point lead.
In the third quarter, the Panthers went on runs of 14-2 and 8-0 to increase their lead to 48-20. Middlebury held MSM to two baskets and forced seven Knight turnovers in the quarter.
Knox finished with a game-high 12 points. Caveney finished with nine points and three assists, and Maya Davis and Waldman each scored seven. Catherine Harrison grabbed seven boards and Lily Kuntz pulled down six for the Panthers. Huffman recorded five rebounds and four steals.
On Saturday the Panthers topped host Emerson, 80-55, bolting to leads of 23-14 after one and 42-19 at the half.
Sarah Kaufman led the Panthers with 12 points, Lily Kuntz and Weeks each had 11, and Caveney chipped in 10. Huffman contributed seven points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Kuntz added a game-best five steals.

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