November 29, 2010

            The Middlebury College women's basketball team broke open a five-point game in the second half on its way to a 75-40 win over Johnson & Wales in Pepin Gym. The Panther defense forced 22 turnovers in the game, holding the Wildcats to 0-13 shooting from behind the arc. Middlebury improves to 4-0 on the season with the victory, while J&W falls to 0-2.

            Leading 14-12 midway through the first half, Middlebury went on a 10-0 run to take a 24-12 lead with 7:28 left to play. Sophomore Kate Logan (Washington Crossing, Pa.) hit a two and three during the run, while junior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) scored four points. The Panthers led 33-23 at the half, converting 11 of 14 free throws.

            J&W went on a 7-0 spurt early in the second half with all points coming from Marina Millian as the Wildcats cut the lead to 35-30 with 18:02 left to play. The Panthers slowly increased their advantage, holding a 49-34 lead midway through the half. Middlebury went on to outscore J&W 26-5 in the final 10:00 of the game to emerge with the 35-point win.

            First-year player Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, N.Y.) led Middlebury with 14 points, senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) added 12, while Perfetti and junior Stephany Surette (Worcester, Mass.) each scored 10. Sophomore Jesse Miller (Wellesley, Mass.) added eight points and a game-high 12 boards in the win.

Middlebury outscored Norwich 52-25 in the second half en route to a 92-58 win in their home-opener Tuesday night in Pepin Gym. Middlebury’s 92 points were the highest offensive output since the 1998-99 campaign.

            Middlebury, which never trailed in the contest, methodically built a 28-20 lead by the 8:08 mark. Norwich went on a 7-0 run over the next two minutes, capped by a pair of free throws by Kristin Brown at 6:09. The Panthers closed out the half on a 12-6 spurt, highlighted by six points from junior Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) for a 40-33 lead at the break. The Cadet duo of Karissa Doyon, 16 points, and Christine Daniels, 10 points, netted  26 of the 33 first half points for Norwich.

The Panther lead hovered just below 10 points for the first few minutes of the second half, before Moreau nailed a three for a 51-39 lead at 14:21. The Panthers maintained their double-digit lead, slowly building it to 60-45 on a free throw from Perfetti with 10:03 remaining. Middlebury closed out the game on a 32-13 run as 12 Panthers got in the scoring column.

Moreau led the Panthers with 17 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor, as Perfetti and Sanchez added 16 apiece, while Surrette added 10 and grabbed eight rebounds.
• Women’s basketball record: 4-0
• Up next: 11/30 @ Castleton, 12/4 @ Union