Women’s basketball team remains unbeaten
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team picked up two one-sided wins late last week before picking up another victory on the road on Tuesday to remain unbeaten.
The Panthers improved to 7-0 and will close out first-semester play by hosting Skidmore at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On Nov. 27 the Panthers pulled away from host Sage in the third quarter to post a 63-44 victory. Sage closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to pull to within 27-24.
But the Panthers outscored Sage by 19-5 in the third quarter. A Colleen Caveney three capped a 9-0 run, and then two Kira Waldman hoops in the final 1:39 gave the Panthers a 46-29 lead at the end of the period. The Panthers did not allow Sage to come any closer than 15 points in the final 10 minutes.
Caveney led all players with 19 points, while Panther Maya Davis recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds. Catherine Harrison finished with nine points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Caveney and Ivy Houde spearheaded the defense with five steals apiece. Middlebury shot 42.9 percent from the floor and limited the Gators to 25.9 percent, but Sage became the first team to outrebound the Panthers, 40-33.
At home this past Saturday the Panthers took a 34-21 halftime lead vs. visiting Colby-Sawyer and then put the clamps on the Chargers in the second half to win, 70-35. The Panthers outscored the 3-3 Chargers by 24-6 in the decisive third quarter.
Middlebury ranked 10th-best in NCAA Division II in field goal percentage after the game by holding the visitors to .164 shooting from the floor. The Panthers, who rank second in rebounding margin, also earned a 56-31 advantage on the boards.
Harrison led Middlebury with 17 points and snagged six rebounds. Davis netted 13 points with eight boards. Alyna Bahorozian pulled down nine rebounds, while Alex Huffman and Betsy Knox each grabbed eight.
On Tuesday the Panthers pulled away from a late 57-57 third-period tie to defeat host Plattsburgh, 80-70. Harrison reached 600 career rebounds in the game by grabbing seven in the game, putting her at sixth all-time in program history with 604.
The Panthers scored the final five points of the third period to lead by 62-57, and then a Davis hoop capped a 6-0 run to open the fourth period and establish an 11-point lead. Plattsburgh came no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Harrison led four Panthers in double figures with 16 points. Waldman scored 15 points with five rebounds and four assists, Emily Wander tied her career high with 14 points off the bench, and Davis added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Taylor Durnin scored 18 for the 3-4 Cardinals. The Panthers continued their dominance on the boards by outrebounding the Cardinals, 33-17.
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