Women's Hoops Opens NESCAC Play With A Win
January 15, 2010
Middlebury opened up NESCAC play with a 66-53 win over Bates (8-7, 0-1) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (8-4, 1-0) controlled the boards, owing a 55-34 advantage, with three players earning nine or more rebounds in the game. Both teams return to action tomorrow when Middlebury hosts Tufts and Bates visits Williams.
A tight first half saw four ties, with the Bobcats taking a 22-21 lead on a three from Kellie Goodridge with 3:14 remaining. The Panthers closed the half on a 10-3 run, including a late three from Brittany Perfetti, to take a 31-25 lead into the intermission.
Middlebury held a 6-8 point lead for most of the second half, with the Bobcats coming within seven at 49-42 on a hoop from Allie Beaulieu at the 7:07 mark. Middlebury answered with a 6-0 spurt, behind a three-point play from Lauren Sanchez, to increase its lead to a dozen at 54-42 with 5:41 left to play.
Bates cut the lead to eight with 2:39 remaining, but Middlebury scored the game's next eight points to put the contest away. Middlebury was clutch from the charity stripe down the stretch, hitting 12 of 14 in the final 3:24.
Perfetti led a balanced Middlebury attack with 15 points, followed by Alana Wall with 14 and seven boards, while Sanchez scored 13, going 11-11 from the foul line. Stephany Surette scored six with nine boards, Kaitlyn Fallon earned 11 rebounds, while Jess Miller pulled down 10.
Goodridge led the Bobcats with 13, Beauliue scored 10, while McCall netted 10 with six boards.