Women's Basketball Opens NESCAC Play With A Win

January 18, 2008

Trailing 62-61 with just five seconds remaining in the game, Lani Young's lay-up and free throw lifted Middlebury past Colby 64-62 in the NESCAC opener for both teams on Friday night at Pepin Gym. Young's late game heroics overshadowed a stellar 27-point performance by Colby's Alison Cappelloni. The Panthers (9-4, 1-0) return to NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon hosting Bowdoin.

In the first half, Colby took an early 8-2 advantage by the 16:49 mark before Middlebury answered with an 8-0 run to lead 9-8 with 13:35 left. The remainder of the half saw seven more lead changes as the Panthers took a 30-28 lead into the break.

The Panthers rushed out to a 38-28 lead by the 17:27 mark in the second half on a 9-0 run, highlighted by Katie Fisher's six points. The Mules chipped away at the lead during the next ten minutes, finally regaining the advantage 51-50 with 5:50 left in the half. Trailing 62-58 with just over a minute remaining, Fisher hit a three, pulling the Panthers within one, 62-61. With only 27 seconds left, Colby turned the ball over on an in-bounds pass setting up Young's game-winner. The Mules did manage to launch a three-pointer from 25 feet out in the final moments, but it sailed off the mark, preserving the 64-62 victory.

Young led Middlebury with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Fisher chipped in 13 and Ashley Barron scored 11. Colby's Cappelloni led all scorers with her 27 points on 10-16 shooting, including 7-11 from behind the arc.