Women's Basketball Falls To Amherst, Ends Season

February 14, 2009

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.

With the game knotted at four early on, Amherst went on a 12-2 run, building a 16-6 lead with 11:00 left in the half. Four different Jeffs scored during the spurt, highlighted by a pair of buckets by Sarah Leyman. Middlebury answered, cutting the lead to five on a basket by Lauren Sanchez at the 5:21 mark. Amherst rallied, closing out the first half on a 12-0 run, for a 35-18 lead at the break.

Middlebury played an even second half, scoring 31 points to the Jeffs 35, but the halftime lead was too great to mount any tangible comeback. By the 11:10 mark, the Jeffs lead grew to 54-28 on a lay-up by Jaclyn Daigneault. The Amherst lead hovered around 20 points for the remainder of the game, as the season for Middlebury comes to a close.

Sanchez followed up a career-best 20 points in last night's game with 19 to lead the Panthers. Emily Johnson scored nine points in her finale, ending her career with 977 points. Ashley Barron caps her career with 752 total points.

Leyman led Amherst with a team-high 17, while Daigneault  added a double-double, collecting 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Caroline Stedman chipped a career-high 11 points off the bench.