February 1, 2010

Williams made 9 of 21 three-point field goals on its way to a 75-60 NESCAC win over Middlebury (9-9, 2-3) in Pepin Gym. The Ephs (15-4, 4-0) were solid from the floor at .443, while Middlebury struggled shooting, connecting on .333 of its shots. The Panthers did hold a 46-38 rebounding advantage in the contest.

Williams jumped out to a 14-3 lead early behind seven points from Lisa Jaris. Middlebury answered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 14-13 with 10:22 remaining. Senior Alana Wall (Honolulu, Hawaii) and junior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) netted four points apiece during the spurt. The Ephs had an answer, scoring the game's next 14 points to take a 31-13 advantage at the 5:15 mark. Middlebury chipped away and cut the margin to 36-24 at the half.

The lead grew to as many as 17 early in the second half, before a 12-2 run brought the Panthers within seven at 43-36. Williams slowly began to increase its lead to double-digits, leading by as many as 20 before the Panthers cut it to a dozen late in the game. Late free throws led the Ephs to emerge with a 75-60 victory.

Chessie Jackson led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Jaris who scored 16 on 7-7 shooting, and Jill Greenberg with 15 points and eight assists. Sophomore Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) led the Panthers with 17 points and six rebounds, senior Kaitlyn Fallon (Swarthmore, Pa.), scored a dozen, Wall netted eight with nine boards, while sophomore Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) grabbed eight rebounds.

Middlebury struggled from the floor (.279) as Keene State made 12 of 19 (.632) from three-point range to earn an 82-48 win over the Panthers (9-8) on Thursday. The Owls (12-6) shot .483 from the floor on the night, as both teams turned the ball over 24 times.

Middlebury trailed 11-8 in the first half, before going ice-cold from the floor, entering the intermission with a 49-16 deficit. Things didn't improve in the second half as the Panthers trailed by as many as 47 before battling back in the final five minutes of the contest to make it an 82-48 final.

Sanchez led the team with 12 points, followed by sophomore Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) with nine and Wall, who scored eight.
. Women's basketball record: 9-9
. Up next: 2/2 @ Albany Pharm., 2/5 vs. Bowdoin - 6:00, 2/6 vs. Colby - 6:00