January 30, 2012

            The Panther women’s basketball team shot .491 from the floor, holding on for a 77-74 win over Plattsburgh (6-9) in a non-conference match-up in Pepin Gym. Sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) paced the Panthers with 20 points, going 10-10 from the free throw line in the game.

            Trailing 10-5, Middlebury went on a quick 5-0 spurt to tie the game early on. Middlebury led by as many as five in the first half, taking a 27-22 lead on a hoop from sophomore Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.) at the 5:15 mark. Sophomore Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored the final points of the half for the Panthers, tying the game for the seventh time as the teams went into the halftime break deadlocked at 37-37.

            Middlebury trailed 41-39 early in the second half before going in a huge 15-2 run over the game’s next 3:55 to take a 54-43 lead. Kirk scored six points during the run with a pair of threes from junior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.).

            The Cardinals chipped away, trailing 64-55 before an 8-0 spurt brought them within one with 5:54 remaining. Threes by Kathleen Payne and Catherine Cassidy led the way during the charge.

            The Panthers trailed 72-70 down the stretch, with a key three-point play from Marcus putting them on top 73-72 with 53 seconds remaining. Plattsburgh missed on its next possession, with Marcus knocking down a pair from the free throw line with 23 ticks remaining to make it a 75-72 game. The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game on their final possession, but missed twice before a layup from Payne made it a one-point game.

            Middlebury senior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) was fouled with one second remaining, as she hit them both to seal the 77-74 win.

            Borsinger aided Kirk’s effort with 15 points, followed by Marcus with 11 and sophomore Kristina Conroy (Easthampton, Mass.) with 10.

Middlebury dropped a non-league game at Keene State on Thursday night, falling by a score of 63-45. The Owls extended their winning streak to four games with the win at Spaulding Gym. Kirk scored 16 points to lead the Panthers while senior Maddie Moreau (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) had nine points.

Senior Sara Laudano led the Owls (12-5) with 17 points while fellow senior Courtney Cirillo just missed her fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds.  Senior Meghan Farrell also pulled down eight rebounds.

The Owls used a late 11-0 run to pull ahead of the Panthers in the first half. Cirillo had six of the points on lay-ups set up by nice feeds into the post by rookie Rachael Brucks, who had six assists in the first half. 

The two teams traded three-pointers in the closing seconds of the half.  Perfetti connected for Middlebury with 14 seconds to go and rookie Nikki Stacy answered with a three-ball from the left side as time expired to give KSC a 31-21 lead at the half.

Keene State went ahead by 13 points three and a half minutes in to the second half on a three-pointer by Laudano.

Middlebury cut into Keene State’s lead midway in the second half.  A lay-up by senior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) made it 47-40 at the 9:34 mark.

The Owls took over from there, using a 12-1 run, capped off by a jumper by Stacy that put KSC up by 18 (59-41) with 5:16 to play.

Keene State shot 33% from the field (20-61) while Middlebury was 14-48 (29%).  The Panthers had a slight 41-37 edge off the glass.

Williams broke open a five-point game in the second half, on its way to an 86-56 win over Middlebury (5-13, 0-6) in Pepin Gym. The #21 Ephs (17-3, 4-2) connected on 12-25 (.480) from three-point range and shot .508 from the floor in the win.

            Williams led 11-7 early behind a two and a three from Jill Greenberg. The Panthers battled back, taking a 19-17 lead after a steal and three-pointer by Borsinger at the 10:58 mark. With the game tied at 22-22, Williams went on a 15-5 run over the game’s next five minutes to take a 37-27 advantage on a pair of free throws by Ellen Cook. A three from Williams’ Jennie Harding were the final points of the half, leaving the Ephs with a 43-32 lead at the break.

            Jill Greenberg scored seven first half points with seven assists for Williams, while Harding had three threes. Borsinger paced the Panthers with seven points.

            Trailing 46-32 early in the second half, Middlebury went on a 12-3 run to make it a five-point game on a pair of free throws from Borsinger at the 15:09 mark. Over the next eight minutes, the Ephs outscored the Panthers 25-3 to take a commanding 74-47 lead with 7:09 left to play.

            Greenberg earned her 1,000th career point in the game for Williams, finishing the afternoon with 14 points and eight assists. Harding scored a game-high 23 points, shooting 7-9 from three-point range, while Lisa Jaris added 11.

            Kirk led the Panthers with 12 points and six rebounds, Surrette scored 11 with six boards, while Moreau and Borsinger chipped in with nine points apiece.
• Women’s Basketball record: 5-13
• Up next: 2/1 @ Albany Pharm., 2/3 vs. Bowdoin – 6:00, 2/4 vs. Colby – 2:00