December 12, 2011

            The Panther women’s basketball team ended the first semester with a 64-51 loss at Skidmore (5-1). The Panthers (3-4) will not return to action until a January 2nd game with Tufts at the Maine Maritime Tournament.

Trailing 16-13 at the 11:42 mark, Middlebury went on an 8-0 run behind two threes from sophomore Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) to take a 21-16 lead with 10:30 remaining. Skidmore trailed 28-22 before closing the half on a 12-2 run to take a 34-30 lead into the break.

Skidmore stayed hot to start the second half, scoring the first seven points and pushing the lead to 11 on Christina Gargiso’s three pointer. The Panthers got as close as five points after a layup from rookie Rachel Crews (S. Burlington, Vt.), but back-to-back baskets from Frederick and a three from Gaugler pushed the lead to 12 for the Thoroughbreds. The Panthers came within five, but could get no closer.

Both teams shot well as Skidmore finished 26-for-58 (44.8%) and Middlebury was 21-of-46 (45.7%).  The Thoroughbreds held a 28-18 advantage in points in the paint and scored 21 points off 24 Panther turnovers.

For Middlebury, senior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) led the way with 12 points and nine rebounds. Senior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) and Marcus each chipped in with nine, while Crews scored eight.

A key second half roll helped propel visiting Middlebury past Norwich in an in-state NCAA Division III clash inside Andrews Gymnasium Dec. 6th. Surrette finished with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, to spur a big second half run.

Trailing 23-20 late in the first half, Middlebury (3-3) took off on a 16-4 run to close the first half and start the second half en route to a 71-57 win. The Cadets kept it as close as eight in the second but couldn’t get any closer due to a strong inside game from the Panthers.

Moreau aided Surrette’s effort with 13 points, while senior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.)  added nine points and nine boards. Junior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) netted nine points in the win with five assists, with the Panthers holding a 50-33 edge on the boards. 
• Women’s Basketball record: 3-4
• Up next: 1/2 vs. Tufts @ Maine Maritime – 8:00, 1/3 vs. TBA – 2/4