Middlebury Drops Close One To Keene State

January 25, 2007

In a game that saw 12 lead changes, including nine in the second half, Middlebury could not hold on as visiting Keene State won the non-league contest Thursday night at Pepin Gym 62-58. The Panthers return to action as they visit NESCAC rival Williams on Saturday afternoon while the Owls of Keene State visit UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday.

Trailing 14-12 at the midway point in the first half, the Panthers went on an 11-0 run, building a 23-14 advantage at the 7:26 mark. Katie Fisher led the way for Middlebury with two buckets during the run. The Owls countered with a 9-4 run of their own, cutting the lead to 27-24 at the half.

Middlebury expanded their advantage to 31-25 early in the second half until Keene State responded with a 10-3 run to take their first lead of the second half 35-34 with 14:35 remaining. There would be eight more lead changes in the next 12 minutes including the final one as Kristin Degou knocked in a basket with 2:11 left to make it 56-55 in favor of the Owls. Keene State would tack on four more points before Carlie Harrington three foul shots with only six seconds remaining brought the Panthers to within two, 60-58. Two free throws by Keene State's Michelle Boudreau, who was fouled on the in-bounds pass by the Panthers with four seconds left, sealed the victory for the Owls, 62-58.

The Panthers were led by Fisher, Emily Johnson and Ashley Barron each chipping in 12 points, while Lani Young led the team with 10 rebounds. Jenn Kinney, with a career high 15 points, led all scorers as Degou added 14 and Sarah Begnoche netted 13 and hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds for Keene State.