January 17, 2011

            In a battle of 9-1 teams, the Tufts University Jumbos took down the Middlebury College Panthers, 70-54, in the NESCAC women's basketball opener on Friday night at Cousens Gym.

            Middlebury jumped out to a six-point lead early, 12-6, with junior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) netting a pair of three-point shots in the first six minutes of the contest. Tufts then battled back and took the advantage on junior Tiffany Kornegay's jump shot with 12:13 left in the half.

            The offenses stalled during the middle portion of the first half as there were only a total of five points between the two teams in almost six minutes of action. The only tie of the game came at 17-17, which was broken on a three-pointer by sophomore Bre Dufault to give the Jumbos a lead they would never relinquish.

            The Jumbos pushed their lead to eight during the half at one point and went into the locker room with a five-point advantage, 31-26, paced by Kornegay's nine points.

            Middlebury turned the ball over nine times in the first half, while Tufts took care of the ball with just three turnovers. Moreau scored eight first-half points for the Panthers.

            The Panthers hung around in the second half and even pulled to within one point, 35-34, with 16:58 to play. The two sides would trade baskets for a few minutes before the Jumbos were able to push the margin up to ten for the first time all night on a three-pointer by first-year Liz Moynihan with 10:07 to go.

            Moynihan then connected on a second shot from long range to put Tufts up 58-45 as the Jumbos pulled away. The largest margin of the night was 23 at 70-47 before Middlebury scored the final six points of the game.

            The Tufts defense forced 19 Panther turnovers which led to 14 points. Middlebury shot 39.0% (23/59) for the night, while the Jumbos finished at 44.3% (31/70).

            Both Moreau and senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) finished with 12 points for the Panthers. Junior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) had a game-high eight rebounds for Middlebury.

            Middlebury dropped its second straight game as the Panthers fell 72-58 in a NESCAC road game at Bates.

            The Panthers trailed 29-21 late in the first half, before coming on strong to trail 35-30 at the intermission.

            Middlebury cut the lead to three at 35-32 early in the second half, before a 10-2 run gave Bates a 45-34 advantage at the 15:18 mark.  The Bobcats went on a decisive 15-5 run at the 10:22 mark, taking a 67-51 lead with 4:04 left to play.

            Sanchez led the Panthers with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while rookie Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.) added 11 points and seven boards. Moreau chipped in with 11 points, while sophomore Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) added nine.

            Middlebury shot 31% from the floor and connected on just 4 of 16 three-point attempts in the game.
• Women’s basketball record: 9-3
• Up next: 1/18 vs. Hamilton – 7:00 , 1/21 vs. Wesleyan – 8:00, 1/22 vs. Conn. – 4:00