January 12, 2009

The Middlebury College women's basketball team picked up two wins in three games last week as they competed in three non-league games. Middlebury led 32-24 at the half and held on for a 63-56 win at Plattsburgh on Tuesday night. The Panthers shot 44 percent from the floor, held a 39-30 edge on the boards and overcame 24 turnovers in the win.

Senior Emily Johnson (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) led Middlebury with 19 points and six assists to go along with four boards. Junior Kaitlyn Fallon (Swarthmore, Pa.), scored 14 in the win with seven rebounds, while sophomore Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) scored five with 10 rebounds.

Middlebury found itself on the short end of a 59-53 game at Colby-Sawyer on Thursday night. The Chargers outshot the Panthers 21-9 on the free throw line, while the Panthers scored 22 points of Colby-Sawyer turnovers.

Middlebury led much of first half including a 26-18 advantage. Colby-Sawyer went on an 8-0 run to tie the game before the Panthers answered with an 8-0 run of their own to take a, 35-26 at the break.

The Chargers chipped away in the second half, taking a 38-37 lead with 13:56 remaining. The game was tied twice after that point, as Colby-Sawyer took a slim lead and held on for the 59-53 win.

Johnson led the team with a dozen points, seven rebounds and five assists, while rookie Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) scored nine. Fallon and junior Alana Wall (Honolulu, Hawaii) each scored eight, while sophomore Allison Needham (Lexington, Mass.) pulled down 10 boards.

Middlebury improved to .500 on the season with a 69-57 win over Skidmore in Pepin Gym. Skidmore came out strong early with an 8-0 run behind a pair of three's from Sharlyn Harper, taking a 16-9 lead at the 13:08 mark. Middlebury answered the run with an 11-1 spurt of its own, holding a 20-17 advantage with 9:06 left in the first half. The lead went back and forth in the final minutes of the half, with the Panthers taking a 34-31 lead into the intermission.

Middlebury opened the second half with an 8-0 run behind a pair of hoops from Fallon to take a 41-33 lead. The Thoroughbreds cut the lead to one on three different occasions, before tying the game at 54 on a hoop from Laura Michael with 6:03 remaining. The Panthers went on a quick 8-0 run with a pair of buckets from Wall, taking a nine-point lead at 63-54 with just 2:45 left to play. Middlebury sunk 4-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the 69-57 win.

Senior Ashley Barron (Brockton, Mass.) led a balanced attack with 13 points, followed by Fallon and Wall with a dozen each. Johnson scored nine, while Sanchez and Perfetti each netted eight.
. Women's basketball record: 6-6
. Up next: 1/16 @ Bates, 1/17 @ Tufts