November 24, 2008

The Middlebury College women's basketball team had an impressive 3-0 week after an 0-2 start. The Panthers picked up their first win of the season with a 79-72 win over Lyndon State in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Middlebury forced 18 turnovers on the night, while shooting .455 from the floor.

Middlebury led 18-14 before a 17-4 run, sparked by seven points from senior Emily Johnson (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.), gave the team a 35-18 lead with 6:30 left in the first half. The lead grew to as many as 18 before the Panthers took a 45-30 lead into the locker room.

Lyndon State chipped away, cutting the lead to 10 after a 7-0 run, making it a 52-42 game at the 15:01 mark. Middlebury held a double-digit lead for most of the second half, until the Hornets came within five on a pair of free throws from Elizabeth Hall with 39 seconds remaining. Johnson converted 4 of 6 free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the victory.

Johnson led all scorers with 26 points on 9 of 17 shooting, while also dishing out four assists and earning four steals. Junior Kaitlyn Fallon (Swarthmore, Pa.) netted 14 on 7 of 9 shooting, senior Ashley Barron (Brockton, Mass.) scored 12 with seven boards, while sophomore Allison Needham (Lexington, Mass.) netted 10.

Middlebury moved to 2-2 on the season with an 86-75 win over Williams on day one of the Ephs' Tournament. The Panthers shot 25 of 30 from the free throw line, scoring 46 first half points in the win.

Johnson led the scoring attack with 17 points and four assists, while junior Alana Wall (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored 16 points. Fallon also scored 16, while pulling down a dozen rebounds, while Barron netted 15 with six boards.

Middlebury won its second straight game at the Williams Tournament as the Panthers earned a come-from-behind victory over Springfield, 61-58. Middlebury closed the game on a 13-2 run, after trailing 56-48. Johnson hit back-to-back three's down the stretch, before Barron came up with a big steal in the final minute. The theft led to a hoop by sophomore Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) that put the Panthers up 59-58.

Johnson ended the game with 19 points and four steals, first-year player Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) scored 10, while Fallon had eight points and eight rebounds. Barron scored seven with five steals and four assists.
. Women's basketball record: 3-2
. Up next: 11/25 vs. Norwich - 7:00