Women’s basketball wins twice in three outings
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball won two out of three recent games, prevailing on the road on Tuesday in a non-league contest after the Panthers split their first two NESCAC games of the year this past weekend.
The Panthers (12-3, 1-1 NESCAC) will next host league foes Colby and Bowdoin on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m., respectively.
This past Friday visiting Amherst (13-1, 2-0) topped Middlebury, 60-38. The Panthers hung with the Mammoths until early in the third period, when Amherst used a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to 15.
Maya Davis and Kira Waldman each scored 11 to pace Middlebury, and Waldman grabbed seven boards. Betsy Knox finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amherst’s Hannah Fox scored 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. The Amherst defense forced 23 turnovers in the game, which the Mammoths cashed in for 24 points.
On Saturday the Panthers defeated visiting Hamilton, 63-49, by outscoring the Continentals, 17-8, in the fourth quarter. Hamilton dropped to 10-5, 0-2 NESCAC.
Middlebury led by 51-45 with 5:05 remaining and closed the game on a 12-4 run. Waldman sparked the surge with a three and finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Maya Davis netted 13 points with six boards, while Alyna Baharozian added 12 points. Kelcie Zarle scored 18 for Hamilton.
On Tuesday, the Panthers defeated host Worcester Polytechnic, 67-50. WPI dropped to 10-5.
The Panthers took a double-digit lead late in the first quarter and led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
Knox paced the Panthers with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kamryn You Mak and Lily Kuntz each scored a dozen. Davis added eight points and nine rebounds, while Baharozian chipped in eight points off the bench. Alana Keating led the Engineers with 16 points.
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