December 5, 2011

            The Middlebury College women’s basketball team picked up a win in its home-opener with a 48-35 win over Castleton State in Pepin Gym.

            Middlebury held the Spartans to just 1 of 17 shooting through the first 13:57 of play. The Panthers held a 19-4 lead at the 7:18 mark when senior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) scored two of her seven points during the opening run. The Spartans cut the lead to 11 on a hoop from Meghan O’Sullivan before the Panthers extended their lead to 29-12 at the half.

            The lead remained in double-digits throughout the second half, with Middlebury holding a game-high 22-point lead (44-22) on back-to-back buckets from junior Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) with 7:41 left to play. The Spartans finished the game on a 13-4 run, making it a 48-35 game on a late three from Jade Desroches.

            Moreau led the Panthers with a game-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds, while senior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) scored a dozen. Borsinger added eight points in the win, while sophomore Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.) grabbed six boards.

Middlebury dropped a 59-41 game to Daemen College on day one of the Williams College Tournament.

The Wildcats started the game with a 14-2 run to take an 18-10 lead with just over ten minutes to play in the first frame.  The run was led by two free throws and a layup from Chelsea Andorka. The layup came off of an offensive rebound.  After Andorka missed two free throws several possessions later, though, Middlebury cut the lead to two behind a layup from first-year player Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.).

As the Wildcats started building back up their lead, Borsinger hit a huge three from the top left part of the arc to cut the lead back to four with just over four to play.  Ellie Allen responded with a three-point play to push the lead back to seven. The Wildcats held the lead for the rest of the half and led 30-23 at the break.

Out of the break, the Wildcats added to their lead. Allen scored the first 11 points on layups, a jumper, and a free throw. As a team, the Wildcats went on a 13-3 run to open the half – holding Middlebury to no points from the field. The Panthers finally broke the spell with 10:41 on the clock when Borsinger hit a jumper. The hoop, however, could not start an offensive run for the Panthers. When Andorka swooshed a three from the top right to push the lead to 22 with just over six minutes to play – the largest lead of the game to that point– the lead proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.

            Borsinger and sophomore Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) both had nine points for the Panthers, as Pett grabbed eight boards and Perfetti pulled down seven.

Middlebury dropped an 80-55 game to Bridgewater State in the consolation game of the Williams Holiday Classic Tournament. With the win, the Bears move to 4-2 while the Panthers fall to 2-3.

The two teams proved evenly matched in the opening half.  When the Bears gained a six-point lead with just over 12:00 to play, Middlebury quickly responded.  Perfetti hit a big three from the top right part of the arc to cut the lead to 16-13. After Marcus went 1-2 from the line, Borsinger had a nice finish to tie the game up at 16 apiece with 11:23 to play.

Jenna Williamson responded with a long two for the Bears, but they were unable to take back a decisive lead. Moreau stole the ball for the Panthers and took it the length of the court for a bucket. The teams went into the halftime intermission in a 35-35 tie.

Out of the break, the Bears started to take over. They opened the half with a three-point play by Michaela Cosby who was fouled on her way to the hoop. The Bears’ full-court press was overpowering for the Panthers, and they quickly added to the lead. With 16:27 on the clock, Cosby stole the ball and took it the length of the court to make it double digits at 47-37. 

Borsinger responded for the Panthers with a bucket from the left baseline to cut the lead to eight, but the Panthers were unable to overcome the deficit. They did cut into the deficit one other time – with about 9:35 to play Ritter was fouled as she drove to the hoop. She made the free throw to cut the lead to seven.

From that point forward, though, it was all Bears as they continued to stretch the lead – pushing it to as many as 29 points before the game was out. Bridgewater held a 50-36 advantage on the boards throughout the afternoon.                    

Leading the way for Middlebury was Moreau with 12 points, while Marcus added 11.  Pett was named to the all-tournament team for the Panthers, grabbing eight boards  with six points on Saturday.
• Women’s Basketball record: 2-3
• Up next: 12/6 @ Norwich, 12/9 @ Skidmore