The Institute for International Sport and The Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University have selected 12 individuals as the 2009 Sports Ethics Fellows. Middlebury women's basketball head coach Noreen Pecsok has been honored as one of those 12 honorees. These Sports Ethics Fellows have demonstrated admirable leadership in the areas of fair play and sportsmanship. Sports Ethics Fellows include nationally known individuals, as well as others who have engaged in developing sportsmanship and honorable competition on a local scale.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that the Middlebury College Women's Basketball program has been selected as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame "Intercollegiate Women's Scholar-Athlete Honor Program." The Scholar-Athlete Honor Program Award, which is considered by many the most significant New England Basketball Hall of Fame recognition, is given to one intercollegiate women's program and one intercollegiate men's program who have combined excellence on the court with distinguished undergraduate academic achievement and post-graduate career success.
A dozen seventh grade girls excitedly kick off their snow boots and race one another to lace up their tennis shoes before entering the gym. As the door opens, the sound of basketballs bouncing up and down fills the room. A Middlebury College student sees the girls, puts the basketball she is holding under one arm, and beckons the seventh graders onto the court. The seventh graders grab balls and join the college players, ready for fun.
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The Middlebury College women's basketball team saw its season come to an end against ninth-ranked Amherst, falling 71-49 at Pepin Gym. The Jeffs, who never trailed in the contest, took a 35-18 halftime lead and weren't threatened in the second half. The Panthers finish their season at 8-15 overall and 2-7 in NESCAC play. Amherst (23-1, 8-1) secured the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, and will host seventh-seeded Colby on Saturday.
The Middlebury women's basketball team kept their post-season chances alive with a 65-54 win over Trinity in Pepin Gym. The Panthers held the Bantams under 27 percent shooting for the game and maintained a 35-22 advantage on the defensive glass. Both teams wrap-up their regular season on Saturday as Middlebury (8-14, 2-6) hosts Amherst, while Trinity (15-7, 3-5) travels to Williams for afternoon match-ups.
Middlebury dropped its fifth straight game as the Panthers lost 62-45 in a NESCAC contest at Colby. The Panthers shot 25 percent from the floor and saw nine shots blocked as they move to 7-14 overall and 1-6 in NESCAC play. The Mules improve to 11-9 and 3-4 in league games.
Bowdoin scored 33 points off of 23 Middlebury turnovers in a 76-50 NESCAC victory on Friday evening in Maine. The Polar Bears improve to 17-4 (5-1 NESCAC) this season while the Panthers fall to 7-13 (1-5).
Taylor Shea of Williams scored 17 of her team-high 24 points in the second half Saturday, rallying Williams past Middlebury, 79-68, at the Chandler Gymnasium. The Ephs trailed Middlebury by as many as 14 points in the first half before cutting that deficit to 10 by the break.
Middlebury fell to Keene State in a closely contested non-league match-up 48-44 at Pepin Gym Thursday night. With the win, Keene State improves to 15-4 on the year. Middlebury (7-11) returns to NESCAC action as they travel to Williams for a Saturday afternoon contest.
A late comeback bid by Middlebury fell short as Wesleyan made all six of their free throws down the stretch for a 67-63 win at Pepin Gym on Saturday. The Cardinals shot 83 percent from the line, including an impressive 13-14 in the second half. The Panthers fall to 7-10 overall and 1-3 in NESCAC play, while the Cardinals improve to 9-7 and 1-3 in conference action. Middlebury hosts Keene State in a non-league game on Thursday before both teams head on the road for NESCAC contests on Friday and Saturday.
Trailing 38-34 with 6:24 left in the game, Middlebury went on a 21-11 run to close out Connecticut College 55-49 at Pepin Gym. Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, with the Panthers shooting just under 30 percent, while the Camels connected on only 34 percent of their shots. Middlebury dominated on the glass, outrebounding Conn. College 53-38 on the night. The Panthers were also 17-25 from the free throw line, as the Camels were just 3-7 from the charity stripe. Middlebury returns to NESCAC action on Saturday afternoon as the Panthers host Wesleyan at 3 p.m.
Hamilton shot .491 from the floor on its way to a 65-54 non-league win over Middlebury in Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action when they host Connecticut College and Wesleyan this Friday and Saturday in a pair of NESCAC contests, while Hamilton hosts Union and Skidmore.
Tufts held Middlebury scoreless for over nine minutes in the second half as the 12th ranked Jumbo women's basketball team posted a 60-41 NESCAC victory over the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
The Middlebury women's basketball team opened up NESCAC play with an 80-67 loss at Bates. Val Beckwith scored a season-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bobcats to the win. The Panthers return to action at Tufts on Saturday. The Bobcats (12-4, 1-0 NESCAC) shot 58.9 percent from the field and held Middlebury to 40.7% shooting while overcoming a 36-26 rebounding deficit.
Middlebury improved to .500 on the season with a 69-57 win over Skidmore in Pepin Gym. The Panthers open NESCAC play next weekend when they travel to Bates and Tufts, while Skidmore will host Union on Tuesday night.
Middlebury found itself on the short end of a 59-53 game at Colby-Sawyer on Thursday night. The Chargers outshot the Panthers 21-9 on the free throw line, while the Panthers scored 22 points of Colby-Sawyer turnovers.
Middlebury led 32-24 at the half and held on for a 63-56 win at Plattsburgh on Tuesday night. The Panthers shot 44 percent from the floor, held a 39-30 edge on the boards and overcame 24 turnovers in the win.
Rensselaer's Sarah Wetmore broke a 66-66 tie on a lay-up and free throw with 28 seconds left in overtime, giving the visiting Red Hawks a 69-66 victory over Middlebury on Friday night in Pepin Gym. Friday's game was the first contest for both teams in nearly one month, as both squads return to action on Tuesday night. The Panthers (4-5) travel to Plattsburgh and the Red Hawks (7-2) host Colby Sawyer.
Middlebury put on a big second half surge but it wasn't enough, as the Panthers fell 60-56 at Union. Middlebury ends its semester at 4-4 and will return to action on January 2nd when they host Rensselaer.
Middlebury held off a second half comeback by Castleton, picking up a 63-56 road win in overtime. Castleton led 19-17 with 6:38 remaining in the first half, but Middlebury used a 17-4 run to close out the frame and take a 34-23 lead into intermission. Kaitlyn Fallon keyed the run, scoring seven of her team-high 17 points during the span.
Norwich placed five players in double-figures on its way to a 79-70 road win over Middlebury in Pepin Gym. The Panthers shot a solid .464 from the floor, but could not overcome 26 turnovers in the game, falling to 3-3 on the season. Norwich heated up in the second half, shooting .563 on its way to the win, as the move to 3-1.
Middlebury College women's basketball player Emily Johnson (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. Johnson averaged 20.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting at a.474 rate from the floor in a 3-0 week for the Panthers. Against Springfield on Sunday in the Williams Tip-Off Classic, Johnson had a game-high 19 points to lead Middlebury to a 61-58 come-from-behind victory. For the week, Johnson converted 19-of-24 free throws and shot 7-for-16 (.438) from behind the arc.
Middlebury won its second straight game at the Williams Tournament as the Panthers earned a come-from-behind victory over Springfield, 61-58. Middlebury closed the game on a 13-2 run, after trailing 56-48. Emily Johnson hit back-to-back three's down the stretch, before Ashley Barron came up with a big steal in the final minute. The theft led to a hoop by Lauren Sanchez that put the Panthers up 59-58.
Middlebury moved to 2-2 on the season with an 86-75 win over Williams on day one of the Ephs' Tournament. The Panthers shot 25 of 30 from the free throw line, scoring 46 first half points in the win.
Middlebury picked up its first win of the season the Panthers earned a 79-72 win over Lyndon State in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Middlebury forced 18 turnovers on the night, while shooting .455 from the floor.
Middlebury dropped its second game at the Stevens Tournament to the host school by a score of 65-55. The Panthers were led by a 19-point effort from Ashley Barron, who went 6 of 12 from the floor and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the game. Lauren Sanchez scored 10 for the Panthers with five assists, Kaitlyn Fallon netted eight, while Emily Johnson had seven points and five assists.
Middlebury opened up its season with a 65-47 loss to The College of N.J. at the Stevens Tournament in N.J. The Panthers led 27-26 at the half, but could not hold on as the Lions out-scored Middlebury 39-20 in the second session.