January 16, 2012

            The Panther women’s basketball team suffered a 72-59 setback at the hands of Conn. College in NESCAC action on Friday night. The Camels post their eighth win in their last nine games, while the Panthers dropped their sixth straight contest.  

After eight minutes of back-and-forth play, Conn. turned a 9-9 tie into a 21-9 lead, using an 11-0 run to grab control with 6:24 to play in the half. Middlebury pulled to within nine points after three points from junior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.), but the Camels closed the half on a 10-4 run, leading 33-20 at the break.

Borsinger went on a tear to open the second half, collecting 12 straight points for Middlebury to cut the Conn. lead to 43-35 at 13:41. However, the Camels regained momentum, backed by seven points from Carlee Smith, taking a 59-42 lead with 8:34 to play. The Panthers narrowed the gap to 64-53 on a conventional three-point play from sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.), but Conn. got six points from Tara Gabelman over the final three minutes of play, holding on for the 72-59 victory.

For Conn., Jenn Shinall led three players in double figures, recording a 13-point, nine-rebound effort. Gabelman finished the game with 11 points, while Smith totaled 11 points and six assists in the victory.

Borsinger led Middlebury with a game and season-high 17 points, while senior Maddie Moreau (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) added 11 points. Senior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) tallied five points and eight rebounds, while senior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) picked up five points and five assists.

Middlebury battled back late but could not overcome Wesleyan as the Cardinals (9-4, 2-2) came away 63-54 win over the Panthers (3-10, 0-4) in Middletown, Connecticut. Taking the lead for good with 9:42 remaining in the first half, 14-12, on a three-pointer by senior Emily Lippe (eight points), Wesleyan used a 16-3 run to move ahead 25-15 with 4:30 to go en route to a 33-24 lead at halftime.

Opening the second half with an 11-0 burst for a 44-24 advantage with 16:25 remaining, Wesleyan let Middlebury get no closer than nine the rest of the way, which proved to be the final margin in the game, 63-54.

Lippe netted six points on a pair of treys and senior Sam LaCroce had three baskets for six points to trigger the decisive run that gave the Cardinals control in the first half.  LaCroce finished with 10 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.  Eileen Gaffney paced the Cardinals with 16 points while adding eight boards.

Wesleyan's lead stood at 20, 54-34, with 9:00 on the clock before Middlebury staged a rally to trim the gap to nine.  Game-high scorer Perfetti had seven of her 18 points during the 18-7 streak that made it 61-52 with 1:28 left. She also dished out a game-best four assists.  Surrette chipped in with eight points for the Panthers off the bench, six of those coming during the final run.  She collected a team-leading eight rebounds as well.
• Women’s Basketball record: 3-10
• Up next: 1/17 vs. Colby-Sawyer – 5:30, 1/20 @ Hamilton – 6:00