Panthers Suffer Loss To Rensselaer

January 7, 2007

The Middlebury College women's basketball team fell 60-53 at home to Rensselaer in the Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action next Friday when they begin NESCAC play with a game at Colby. The Red Hawks also begin league play on Friday, as they host Union.

Rensselaer held a 14-5 lead with 10:05 remaining in the first half, as Middlebury made two of its first 19 shots. The Panthers came back and close the half on a 7-0 run to trail 23-18 at the intermission.

The Red Hawks led by as many as 10 in the second half, before an 8-0 run at the 10:06 mark, including a three-point play by Carlie Harrington, tied the game at 38. Rensselaer answered with an 8-0 run of their own behind a pair of three's from Caitlyn Charest.

Middlebury battled back and tied the game at 51 on a pair of free throws from Emily Johnson with 1:22 remaining. Whitney Coleman gave the Red Hawks a 53-51 lead with less than a minute remaining, as she and her teammates went 7 of 8 from the free throw line to seal the win.

Lani Young led Middlebury with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Ashley Barron scored 11. Coleman scored a game-high 18 points for Rensselaer, while Elizabeth Barker had eight points and 16 boards on the afternoon.