November 19, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s basketball team opened up its season with a 66-61 overtime loss to the host school at the UMass.-Boston Tip-Off Classic.

Trailing 16-9, Middlebury went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 16-16 on a three from sophomore Nora Kelly (Dedham, Mass.) at the 8:56 mark of the first half. The run extended to 12-1 when a hoop from sophomore Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) gave the Panthers a 21-17 lead at the 7:17 mark. The Beacons later closed the first half on an 8-3 run to take a 30-25 lead into the intermission.

Middlebury trailed by nine in the second half before a three from junior Laura Lowry (W. Hartford, Conn.) ended a 9-2 run to tie the game at 36-36 at the 14:16 mark. UMB increased its lead to 10 midway through the period before the Panthers chipped away, knotting the game at 52-52 on a jumper from Ritter with 1:35 left to play. UMB took the lead with 45 seconds on the clock before a bucket from sophomore Rachel Crews (S. Burlington, Vt.) five seconds later sent the game into overtime.

Trailing by one in the extra sessions, the Beacons went on an 8-0 run with Middlebury missing a pair of shots and turning the ball over twice. A three from Crews brought Middlebury within four with 23 seconds remaining, but that’s as close as they’d get.

Junior Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored a game-high 17 points in the frame, followed by 11 points and six boards from senior Jesse Miller (Wellesley, Mass.) and 10 from Kelly. Ritter led the team with seven boards to go along with six points, while Lowry had four assists and Marcus earned three steals.

Middlebury picked up its first win of the season, topping Colby-Sawyer 59-48 in the consolation game of the UMass.-Boston Tournament. The Panthers move to 1-1 on the season, while the Chargers fall to 1-1.

Middlebury came out strong, taking a 19-5 lead in the game’s first 9:46 behind eight points from all-tournament team member Marcus. The Chargers cut the lead to nine before another run gave the Panthers a 31-12 advantage at the break.

Colby-Sawyer made a run in the first 5:45 of the second half, scoring 14 of 19 points to cut the advantage to six at 34-28. The Chargers came within three on two different occasions, but a 12-7 run put the lead at a dozen with 3:24 play as the Panthers held on for the win.

Senior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) paced the team with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Marcus added 14. Crews netted seven with five boards, while Ritter had seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

• Women’s basketball record: 1-1

• Up next: 11/20 @ Smith – 6:00, 11/25 @ Plattsburgh – 2:00