Middlebury

Women's Basketball Holds Off Conn.

January 23, 2009

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.

The first half saw eight lead changes before Middlebury, trailing 15-14 went on a 14-2 run in the final 8:44 to close out the half with a 28-17 advantage. Six different Panthers chipped in buckets during the run including a pair from Allison Needham.

The Camels made it interesting in the second, climbing back in to the game with a 15-4 run to tie it at 32 apiece with 12:56 left. Jennifer Shinall and Laura Coderre each netted six points for Conn. College in the comeback. The Camels eventually took a four point lead before the Panthers responded on their decisive run. During the run, the Panthers held a 45-43 lead with just 1:48 left, Emily Johnson scored the next five points to give Middlebury a comfortable 51-43 advantage with just 27 seconds remaining.

Ashley Barron led the Panthers with a team high 12 points and eight rebounds, while Johnson and Laura Sanchez each collected 10. Elissa Goeke collected six boards and blocked five shots. Shinall led the Camels with a dozen, as Coderre netted 10 and a team-high nine rebounds to go with a team-high four blocks.