January 10, 2011

The Middlebury College women's basketball team will enter NESCAC play with a 9-1 mark after picking up four more wins after the semester break. The Panthers return to action next weekend with NESCAC contests on the road at Tufts and Bates.

Siena Mamayek’s layup with 1:34 remaining in overtime proved to be the winning bucket as WPI surprised previously unbeaten Middlebury, 67-65, in non-conference action.

            In the first half, Lauren Hannmann scored 12 of WPI’s first 19 points as they held a 19-14 advantage with 11:34 to go in the frame. Neither team would be up by more than six as the Engineers were up 39-33 at intermission.

            The Crimson and Gray pushed the lead to seven on a jumper by Elle Fontaine at 16:55 for a 45-38 lead. Middlebury, led by five points from junior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.), would chip away and eventually take the lead during a 16-9 run.

            With 3.5 seconds to go in regulation, tied at 65-65, the Panthers failed to get a shot off sending the game into overtime.

            For the Panthers, senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Stephany Surrette (Worcester, Mass.) each notched a double-double in the effort. Sanchez would score 16 and pull down 11 boards while Surrette netted 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Junior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) led the Middlebury scoring attack with 17 points. 

            Middlebury pulled away midway through the second half on its way to a 70-61 road win at Plattsburgh (2-5) on Tuesday night. The Panthers improve to 7-1 on the season, converting 24 of 32 free throws in the game.

            The game was tied at 39 at the intermission, with Middlebury holding a slim second half lead until the Cardinals tied the game at the 12:40 mark. The Panthers followed with a decisive 10-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 64-54 advantage with 7:17 remaining. Moreau and Perfetti each scored four points during the run. The lead extended to as many as 12, before the Panthers settled for the 70-61 win.

            Perfetti scored 19 to lead the Panthers, while Moreau added 18 points. Surrette scored seven with 10 boards, while sophomore Jesse Miller (Wellesley, Mass.) also grabbed 10 boards.

            Plattsburgh shot .511 from the floor, went 0-1 from three-point range, while converting just 15 of 24 free throws. Middlebury shot .339 from the floor and went 4-9 from long range.

            Middlebury improved to 8-1 on the season as the Panthers picked up a 73-56 win over Skidmore (4-6) in Pepin Gym.

            Middlebury held Skidmore to 2 of 20 shooting through the first 12 minutes of the game, owning an 18-6 advantage. The Panthers led by as many as 15 in the first half, taking a 30-17 lead into the intermission.

            Skidmore cut the lead to 13 at the 15:55 mark of the second half on a three from Christine Kemp, before the Panthers went on a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 25. Middlebury maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, knocking down 12 of 14 free throws in the final 2:45 to secure the 73-56 win.

            Middlebury put four players in double-figures, led by 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Sanchez. Moreau (8 rebounds) and Surrette (12 rebounds) added 15 points apiece, while sophomore Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, N.J.) netted 14.

Middlebury ended the week with an 84-63 win over Lyndon State (4-5) in Pepin Gym. Seven players earned double-digits in the scoring column, as Middlebury shot .547 from the floor in the first half, while controlling the boards 51-29 in the contest.

            Middlebury came out on fire from the floor, making nine of its first nine shots to hold a 19-6 advantage at the 15:58 mark. Lyndon State chipped away, cutting the lead to six (35-29) on a hoop from Naomi White with 5:12 left to play. The Panthers answered with a 12-1 run, before a late three left Middlebury with a 49-35 halftime lead.

            The Middlebury lead stood at 11 with 11:46 remaining, with the Panthers going on an 11-3 run to extend the lead to 73-54. Rookie Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) scored seven of the 11 points during the run that ended at the 8:12 mark.

            The lead grew to as many as 23 in the second half, with Lyndon State closing the gap to 21 for an 84-63 final.

            Surrette led Middlebury with 15 points and 10 boards on 7-8 shooting from the floor. Moreau and Perfetti each scored 13, while Borsinger added 12 points and nine rebounds. Sanchez recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the win, while rookie Katie Pett (Saginaw, Mich.) added 10 points and seven boards.
• Women’s basketball record: 9-1
• Up next: 1/14 @ Tufts, 1/15 @ Bates