Women's Basketball Drops Non-League Game At Hamilton

January 19, 2010

Middlebury dropped a non-league game as the Panthers suffered a 63-52 loss at Hamilton. Reisa Asimovic tied a career high with 19 points and added six assists and five rebounds to lead the Continentals to the win at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

Asimovic was 7-8 from the field and made 5-7 free throws as the Continentals ended a three-game losing skid. Blue Sanders chipped in 12 points off the bench and Eliza Howe added 10. Lisa Olszewski led a solid defensive effort with three blocked shots. Hamilton limited the Panthers to 30.8 percent (20-65) from the floor. The Continentals shot 46 percent (23-50), including 5-10 from 3-point range, and made 12 of 14 shots at the free-throw line.

Leah Kepping paced Middlebury with 14 points and three steals. Kepping, who was the lone Panther in double figures, scored 12 of her 14 in the second half. Stephany Surrette grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Middlebury held a 39-31 advantage on the boards, and helped force 24 Hamilton turnovers with 12 steals.

The Panthers led once at 2-0 on a layup by Brittany Perfetti. The Continentals scored the next 12 points and never trailed again. Asimovic scored Hamilton's first four points on a traditional 3-point play and a free throw. Howe made a jumper and Asimovic followed with a layup off a Middlebury turnover. Sanders and Asimovic finished the run with layups, and the Continentals were up 12-2 with 14:10 left in the half.

Hamilton led by as many as 14 points in the first half at 33-19 before the Continentals settled for a 35-22 advantage at the break. Hamilton shot 50 percent (15-30) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

The Panthers opened the second half with a 6-2 run to pull within nine points at 37-28, but didn't get any closer. The Continentals' largest lead was 18 points at 55-37 with 4:05 remaining.