Women's Basketball Tops Castleton In OT

December 2, 2008

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.

The Spartans answered in the second half, outscoring Middlebury 15-5 over the opening 8:30 of the final stanza to claw back to within one at 39-38. After a pair of Roz Vara free throws stretched Middlebury's lead to three, Castleton's Jess Banks canned a three-pointer to tie the score at 41-41. The action swung back-and-forth over the final 9:28 of play, with neither team leading by more than three. A pair of Laura Cary free throws with 1:35 remaining gave Castleton a 52-50 lead. The Spartans forced a missed shot on the defensive end, but turned the ball over on two subsequent possessions, and with 49 seconds remaining Alana Wall scored to send the game into overtime.

In overtime the Panthers out-scored their hosts 11-4, including 7-for-9 from the free throw line to earn the win.

Banks finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (4-7 from three-point range) and eight rebounds to lead the 3-3 Spartans. Laura Cary added 11, including nine from the free throw line.

Emily Johnson followed Fallon in the scoring column with 13 points as Middlebury improves to 4-3. Wall chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Castleton will play host to Colby-Sawyer next Tuesday in a non-conference match up starting at 7:00 pm. Middlebury will travel to Union on Saturday for a 2:00 pm non-conference affair.