Middlebury

Women's Basketball Drops Non-League Game To Hamilton

January 30, 2007

Hamilton shot .483 from the floor in the second half as they picked up a 58-56 non-league win at Middlebury's Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action at Tufts and Bates this weekend, while Hamilton hosts Union and Skidmore.

Middlebury held a 5-2 lead early with Lani Young controlling the boards with six in the game's first three minutes. The lead grew to as many as nine in the first half with Hamilton battling back to make it a 25-20 game at the half.

The Panthers went on a 7-0 run, sparked by five points from Emily Johnson, at the 15:29 mark of the second half to take a 36-25 lead. Hamilton answered the run with an 11-0 spurt of their own to tie the game at 36 with 10:33 remaining. Pumla Sathula and Madelyn McGuinnis each scored four points during the 2:13 run.

The game would be tied four more times, with the contest knotted at 50 with 3:45 remaining. Hamilton scored the game's next five points, to take a 55-50 lead with 54 seconds left to play. A Johnson three cut the lead to 56-53, but the Panthers were unable to foul Hamilton until there were just four seconds remaining. Following a pair of free throws from Molly Kane, Johnson hit a three at the buzzer to make it a 58-56 final.

Johnson scored a game-high 18 for the Panthers, Ashley Barron netted 16, while Katie Fisher scored 12. Young grabbed a game-high 13 boards, while Aylie Baker had 10.

Sathula led Hamilton with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists on the night. Kane added 12 points in the win, while Sydney Fasulo scored 11 with six boards.