Women's Basketball Holds Off Castleton
December 1, 2009
Middlebury picked up its first win of the season as the Panthers defeated Castleton 51-43 in Pepin Gym. The Panthers led wire to wire, holding off a handful of Spartan surges throughout the contest. Middlebury returns to action on Thursday when they host St. Joseph's at 5:00, while Castleton takes part in the Hockenbury Tournament at Norwich on Friday and Saturday.
Middlebury jumped out to a 5-0 lead as Castleton was 0-3 with four turnovers through the game's first 3:00 of play. The Panthers extended the lead to as many as 13 points before Kristie Dunchus later hit a pair of hoops to cut the advantage to 21-16 with 2:53 remaining in the half. Middlebury answered and took a 26-20 lead into the intermission, despite a less second hoop from Dunchus to give her 10 first half points. The first half was marred by 30 combined turnovers, 17 for the Spartans.
The sloppy play didn't improve in the second half, as the teams combined for 56 turnovers in the game, 31 of them by the Spartans. Middlebury extended its lead to a game-high 14 points on two of her game-high 14 points from Leah Kepping at the 9:50 mark. The advantage stood at 13 with 4:08 to play, when Castleton went on a 10-1 run in under 2:00 to make it a 47-43 game with 1:11 left to play. Four different players scored during the spurt, including a three-point play from Laura Cary. The Panthers connected on 4-4 free throws in the final 31 seconds to secure the win.
Kaitlin Fallon scored 13 on 6-12 shooting to aide Kepping's effort. Brittany Perfetti scored 11, while Stephany Surette earned 10 points and six blocked shots.
Cary led Castleton with 12, Dunchus scored 11, while Vanessa Powers scored nine with eight boards. Katie Hoxsie added nine rebounds and five assists in the game.