Middlebury

Women's Basketball Wins At Conn. College

January 22, 2010

Middlebury College (9-6, 2-1) earned a 47-31 victory against Connecticut College (8-8, 0-3) in NESCAC women's basketball action played at Luce Fieldhouse Friday night. Alana Wall (Honolulu, Hawaii) ripped down a game-high 16 rebounds to go along with four points, three blocks and three steals, pacing the visitors in the defensive battle. Sophomore Stephanie Surette (Worcester, Mass.) added nine points and 14 rebounds for the visitors, who held a 58-to-43 advantage on the backboards in the win.

Tori Verrengia (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with a team-high eight points and three rebounds for Connecticut College. Jeanna Dunleavy (Chatham, N.J.) and Jenn Shinall (Redding, Conn.) both had seven points for the Camels. Shinall added five steals and four assists while Dunleavy contributed six rebounds in the setback. Emily Cummings (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) hauled in eight boards in the setback for the hosts.

In the opening moments of the second stanza, the Camels grabbed hold of a 20-18 lead when Cummings put back an offensive rebound for a hoop with 18:29 remaining. The Panthers promptly responded by scoring the next seven points, closing out their flurry with a triple from Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) to make it a 25-20 game with 14:24 to go.

Connecticut College trimmed the deficit to 25-24 after Tori Verrengia netted a free throw with 12:40 remaining. But the Panthers answered with an 8-to-0 run to pull away from the hosts. Surette knocked down a jumper with 7:07 to close out the scoring surge, extending the Panther lead to 33-24.

Middlebury sealed the victory on the foul line, converting 12-of-15 shots on the charity stripe in the second half.

Middlebury took an 11-2 lead early when Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) put in a layup with 11:58 remaining. But the Camels responded with an 8-2 scoring surge at the end of the half. Brady Hutchinson (Groton, Mass.) knocked down a 14 footer to pull the Camels to within a pair at 18-16. With 51 seconds remaining, Dunleavy scored the final points of the half with a nifty looking runner and the Camels and Panthers were knotted up in an 18-18 tie at the intermission.

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