February 4, 2013

The Middlebury College women’s basketball team saw Bowdoin pull away in the second half for a 60-40 win over the Panthers on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

Shannon Brady scored 12 points in the win for Bowdoin while Siena Mitman scored 11 off the bench. Megan Phelps added 10 points and nine rebounds for Bowdoin. Middlebury was led by 13 points from senior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.), while junior Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) pitched in 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Jesse Miller (Wellesley, Mass.)  pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Bowdoin carried a six-point edge into halftime but the Panthers were able to trim the lead to four points, 35-31, following a free throw from junior Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.) with 15:52 to go in the second half. Sara Binkhorst answered with a three-pointer for Bowdoin to push the lead back to seven points and Bowdoin used a decisive 14-0 surge over a five-minute span to take a commanding 54-33 lead with 6:46 to go.

The Polar Bears held the Panthers to 24% shooting in the second half and 28% shooting for the game while connecting on 43% of their own attempts. Bowdoin held a 42-35 edge on the glass and converted 17 points off of 15 Middlebury turnovers.

Kirk scored a game-high 20 points and Middlebury hit 3-4 from the foul line in the final 16 seconds to pull away for a 52-48 win at Colby in NESCAC action Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The Mules scored four straight points to turn a 47-43 deficit into a tie contest with 3:53 to play. Pett put the Panthers ahead to stay with an inside basket with 2:45 remaining for a 49-47 margin.

Neither team could manage a point over the next hectic two-plus minutes. After being fouled with 17.2 seconds to play, Colby's Carylanne Wolfington missed the first shot and made the second to cut the margin to 49-48. Kirk was immediately fouled and made 1-2 from the line with 16.3 seconds to go for a 50-48 lead. Diana Manduca missed on a baseline reverse layup with eight seconds left , while Panther junior Laura Lowry (W. Hartford, Conn.) was fouled with 6.2 to play. She nailed both free throws for the final points of the game.

Kirk also finished with seven rebounds while shooting 6-11 from the field and 8-10 from the foul line. Lowry added six points and a game-high five assists, while Pett had a game-high 13 rebounds and scored four points.

The Mules led 17-11 with 8:25 to go in the first half, but the Panthers used a 16-8 run the rest of the way to take a 27-25 margin at intermission. Middlebury never allowed Colby to take a lead in the second half, but the game was tied twice at 43-43 and 47-47. 

• Women’s basketball record: 11-10

• Up next: 2/5 vs. Lyndon – 5:30, 2/8 vs. Trinity – 8:00, 2/9 vs. Amherst – 4:00