February 13, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s basketball team outscored Lyndon State 40-14 in the first half en route to a 69-40 non-conference road win over the Hornets (7-13).

            Middlebury held Lyndon State to just six field goals in the first half, while opening the game on an 18-2 run. The Panthers went up by as many as 21, as a sophomore Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) jumper made it 28-7 at 8:29. Lyndon State cut the lead to 19 points, but the Panthers closed out the half on a 14-5 run to make it 40-14 at the break. Senior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) paced Middlebury with 12 first-half points on 5-6 from the field and 2-2 from beyond the arc.

            Lyndon State opened the second half on an 11-4 run, cutting the Middlebury advantage to 44-25 with 15:48 to play. The Panthers then increased their lead to 25 on six straight points from senior Maddie Moreau (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) midway through the half, closing out the game with a 15-9 run to seal the victory. Middlebury shot .439 for the game and held a 60-35 advantage on the boards.

Moreau led the Panthers with a game-high 14 points, while junior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.)  chipped in with 13. Perfetti recorded 12 points and eight rebounds, while senior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) added six points and a game-high 14 boards.

Trinity secured a bid to the NESCAC Tournament with a 60-47 victory over visiting Middlebury in NESCAC women's basketball action on Ogrodnik Court in the Oosting Gymnasium on Friday.

Trinity opened up a 7-2 lead early but saw the Panthers come right back to tie the game at 11-11 on a lay-up by sophomore Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.). The Bantams went ahead by double digits with seven minutes left in the first half on back-to-back-to-back three-pointers, as Michelle Royals drilled one from beyond the arc followed by back-to-back long balls by Kaitlin Ciarelglio.  Trinity led, 33-25, at the break as Ciarleglio and Royals totaled 21 first-half points between them, and the Bantams forced 11 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Trinity quickly upped its lead back to double digits and maintained at least a 10-point lead the rest of the way.

Ciarleglio led all scorers with 18 points to go with four rebounds, a game-high five assists, and three steals, while Royals finished with 17 points and three assists. Moriah Sweeney had eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals, while Taylor Murtaugh added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

Borsinger paced Middlebury with 17 points and six rebounds, while Surrette and sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) grabbed eight rebounds apiece.  The Panthers out-rebounded Trinity, 45-35, but committed 23 turnovers.  Trinity shot 40 percent from long range (6-15). 

Middlebury saw its season come to an end with an 80-50 loss at top-ranked Amherst. The Panthers finish the season up at 7-17 overall, 0-10 in NESCAC play.

Megan Robertson recorded her second double-double in as many days, closing out a remarkable weekend with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in only 17 minutes off the bench. Amherst (24-0, 10-0 NESCAC) finished unbeaten in conference play for the third consecutive year, as the Lord Jeffs joined the 2009-10 squad as the only two in school history to finish the regular season at 24-0.

Middlebury didn’t register its first points until Moreau hit a jumper with 14:50 on the clock after the Jeffs opened with an 8-0 run. Amherst made six consecutive shots to take a 21-6 lead with 12 minutes to play, with three-pointers by Shannon Finucane and Caroline Stedman and a three-point play from Livia Rizzo highlighting the stretch.

The Jeffs’ lead hit 20 points when Finucane buried another three-pointer to bring the score to 34-14, and they would lead by at least 20 for the remainder of the half. Amherst shot 52.8 percent from the floor and blocked six shots in the opening 20 minutes, carrying a 47-24 advantage into the locker room.

A layup by Surrette and a jumper from Borsinger got the Panthers off to a good start in the second frame. Rizzo responded with a layup that ignited a 16-0 Amherst run, and Finucane closed the spurt with another three that brought the score to 63-28 with 13:45 remaining.

The visitors would get to within 26 points, but Amherst secured the 30-point win when Savannah Holness hit a deep jumper to close out the scoring with 1:03 to play. With their ninth consecutive win over Middlebury, the Jeffs increased their home (60), overall (43) and NESCAC (33) winning streaks.

Caroline Stedman scored 13 points for Amherst, while Lem Atanga McCormick added 11 and Marcia Voigt had 10.

Borsinger, Moreau and Perfetti had 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 31.6 percent overall. Surrette led her team with eight rebounds, while Perfetti added three assists and two steals.
• Women’s Basketball final record: 7-17