Women's Basketball Beats Conn College - Secures NESCAC Playoff Spot
February 10, 2007
Middlebury pulled away late in the second half to beat Connecticut 51-40 in a key NESCAC match-up with playoff implications for both teams. The visiting Camels end their season with a 10-14 record while the Panthers' season will continue in NESCAC tournament action. Middlebury finished in a three-way tie for sixth place and, by virtue of tie-breakers, is seeded seventh. The Panthers will travel to #2 Tufts for a Saturday quarterfinal showdown at 3:00 p.m.
By the 15:38 mark in the first half, the Panthers trailed 9-1. Kirsten Frazer book-ended the Camels nine points with a pair of buckets en route to her game-high 12. The Panthers forced 18 first half turnovers to overcome the early deficit. For the remainder of the half, Middlebury outscored Connecticut by 16. Carlie Harrington chipped in nine of her team-high 11 points during the span as the Panthers took a 27-17 lead into intermission.
The second half saw the Camels go on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 28 with 14:01 left. For nearly 10 minutes the outcome was in doubt as the Panthers hung to a five-point advantage. Kaitlyn Fallon connected on a pair of traditional three-point plays on consecutive possessions to expand the Middlebury lead to 44-33 with 4:05 to play in the game. The Panthers maintained their double-digit lead down the stretch and secured their playoff spot with the 51-40 victory.
Harrington led the Panthers with 11 points, while Fallon collected a career-high 10. The Camels were led by Frazier's 12 points, while Lindsay Michel collected a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Both teams struggled from the field as the Camels shot .320 from the floor and the Panthers managed to shoot .258.