December 8, 2008

The Middlebury College women's basketball team held off a second half comeback by Castleton, picking up a 63-56 road win in overtime. Castleton led 19-17 with 6:38 remaining in the first half, but Middlebury used a 17-4 run to close out the frame and take a 34-23 lead into intermission. Junior Kaitlyn Fallon (Swarthmore, Pa.) keyed the run, scoring seven of her team-high 17 points during the span.

The Spartans answered in the second half, outscoring Middlebury 15-5 over the opening 8:30 of the final stanza to claw back to within one at 39-38. After a pair of free throws by junior Roz Vara (Marshfield, Vt.) stretched Middlebury's lead to three, Castleton's Jess Banks canned a three-pointer to tie the score at 41-41. The action swung back-and-forth over the final 9:28 of play, with neither team leading by more than three. A pair of Laura Cary free throws with 1:35 remaining gave Castleton a 52-50 lead. The Spartans forced a missed shot on the defensive end, but turned the ball over on two subsequent possessions, and with 49 seconds remaining junior Alana Wall (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored to send the game into overtime.

In overtime the Panthers out-scored their hosts 11-4, including 7-for-9 from the free throw line to earn the win.

Senior Emily Johnson (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) followed Fallon in the scoring column with 13 points as Middlebury improves to 4-3. Wall chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Middlebury put on a big second half surge but it wasn't enough, as the Panthers fell 60-56 at Union. Middlebury ends its semester at 4-4 and will return to action on January 2nd when they host Rensselaer.

Middlebury led early, before a 9-0 run gave Union a 28-17 lead at the 6:53 mark. The Panthers cut the lead to six on a hoop from sophomore Alison Wells (Waterville, Vt.), only to see the Dutchwomen take a 43-28 lead into the halftime break.

Union led 48-34 in the second half before Middlebury went on a 15-2 run at the 13:53 mark to cut the lead to one. The run featured two threes by first-year player Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) and one from senior Ashley Barron (Brockton, Mass.). The Dutchmen would hold a slim lead for the remainder of the game, as they hung on for the 60-56 win.

Middlebury held a 57-41 rebounding advantage in the game, but shot just .278 from the floor. Perfetti led the team with 16 points and 11 boards, Wall scored 13, while Barron netted nine with 10 boards.
. Women's basketball record: 4-4
. Up next: 1/2 vs. Rensselaer - 7:00