Middlebury Downed By Amherst

January 19, 2007

Amherst overcame a 10-point deficit with a 27-7 run in the second half to rally past Middlebury 65-59 in NESCAC play Friday night at Pepin Gym. Middlebury returns to action against Trinity on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. while Amherst travels to Williams for a 2:00 p.m. showdown.

The Panthers built an 11-point lead in the first half as Emily Johnson hit a trio of three pointers, building a 15-4 advantage with 12:27 left. Amherst cut the lead to 28-25 heading into the break with a 9-3 run as Amanda Otieno chipped in five points during the span, including a three-pointer.

By the 16:49 mark of the second half, the Panthers once again built a double-digit lead 39-29 with Ashley Barron tallying five points during the run while Katie Fisher book-ended the scoring with a pair of buckets as well. Amherst answered the outburst with the key 27-7 run over the next 10 minutes, building a 56-46 advantage. Kerry O'Loughlin netted eight points during the run, while teammates Stephanie Reiff and Samantha Swenson collected six points apiece.

Middlebury could get no closer than six points as Amherst shot 6-7 at the free throw line during the final 1:36 to earn the win.

Middlebury had two players score in double figures as Jennifer Kelleher led the Panthers with 14 and Johnson scored 11. Amherst was led by O'Loughlin, who had a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds while Swenson and Reiff scored 14 and 12 respectively.