Women's Hoops Falls At The Buzzer To Bowdoin

January 19, 2008

Middlebury fought back to tie the game in the final five seconds of play against NESCAC rival Bowdoin, but fell to the Polar Bears 54-51 on a last-second lay-up and free throw by Alexa Kaubris. The Panthers (9-5, 1-1) travel to Hamilton for a Tuesday night contest.

Middlebury, who never trailed in the first half, jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, highlighted by a pair of buckets by Katie Fisher, before extending it to 22-12 at the 4:58 mark. Bowdoin battled back with an 11-3 run, including five points by Kaubris, to close out the half trailing 25-23.

After an early hoop by the Panthers in the second half, the Polar Bears' Caitlin Hynes scored the next five of her game-high 21 points, giving Bowdoin a 28-27 lead with 18:12 remaining in the game. The teams exchanged the lead eight more times before the final minute of play.

Trailing 51-48 with 17 seconds left, Kaitlyn Fallon's free throw cut the Polar Bear lead to two. An errant in-bounds pass by Bowdoin led to the game-tying lay-up by Fisher with only five seconds on the clock. With no timeouts remaining, the Polar Bears got the ball to Kaubris at mid-court and she drove down the right side of the lane for the game-winning lay-up and foul shot with one second remaining. The Panthers could not get a shot off as time expired.

Middlebury was paced by Lani Young's 10 points and seven rebounds, while Lauren Sanchez added nine points off the bench. Bowdoin's Hynes led all scorers with 21, as Kaubris chipped in 13 and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.