Women's Basketball Falls To Conn. - Earns Seventh Seed For Tourney

February 16, 2008

The Middlebury women's basketball team ended its regular season with a 68-58 loss at Connecticut College. The Panthers are now 13-11 and 4-5 in NESCAC play, earning them the seventh seed in the upcoming tournament. Middlebury will travel to Tufts to take on the Jumbos next Saturday in a first-round tournament contest.

Lindsay Michel poured in a game-high 19 points, leading Connecticut College to the win. Michel was 6-for-12 from the field, adding five rebounds and four assists for the Camels, who finished at .500 or better for the first time since the 96-97 club posted a 13-10 mark. Katy Serafin chipped in with the 28th double double of her career, tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts.

Aylie Baker and Ashley Barron netted 11 points apiece for the Panthers. Emily Johnson finished with 10 points and five assists for Middlebury. Lani Young corralled a team-high nine rebounds to go with her six points.

The Panthers opened the game with a 5-0 run, but the Camels responded by reeling off eight straight points of their own, building an 8-5 lead on put back from Michel with 15:26 remaining. The Camels led by as many as eight points in the half but Baker was able to force the second tie a of the half with just 40 seconds remaining, converting a field goal on a feed from Johnson. On the ensuing Camel possession, Serafin was able to follow her own missed shot and the hosts carried a 32-30 lead into the intermission.

The Panthers pulled ahead in the early stages of the second half, building a 42-37 advantage after Alanna Wall put in two of her six points with 12:45 to play. The Camels utilized their frontcourt strength to hold a 46-to-32 advantage on the backboards in this contest. The hosts reeled off a 17-to-4 run over a span of 5:35 to open up a 54-46 lead on Middlebury. Cummings drained two triples during the stretch and Amy Towne capped the rally with an offensive rebound and lay-in with 7:10 remaining.

The Panthers were able to reduce the Camel lead to six points but could not get any closer. Connecticut College converted 12-of-15 free throw attempts in the second half to put the game away.