Middlebury

Women's Basketball Falls At Trinity

February 12, 2010

Middlebury saw its hopes of a post-season bid get a bit slimmer on Friday night, falling 65-46 at Trinity. The Panthers need a win at Amherst (23-0) on Saturday and a loss by Wesleyan at Colby to earn the eighth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Bantams have guaranteed themselves a spot in the tourney, and will finish as the sixth or seventh seed. Both teams wrap-up their regular seasons tomorrow as Middlebury (10-12, 2-6) visits Amherst and Trinity (15-7, 3-5) hosts Williams.

            With the game tied at 9-9, Middlebury's Leah Kepping knocked down a three to give the Panthers a 12-9 lead at the 14:49 mark. Trinity answered with a 15-3 run over the next 6:15 to take a 24-15 advantage with 7:46 remaining in the first half. Kaitlin Ciarleglio scored eight of her game-high 21 points during the run for the Bantams. Middlebury's Kaitlyn Fallon scored six of the game's next eight points to cut the lead to 26-21 at the 5:37 mark. A hoop from Elissa Goeke cut the lead to three, before Trinity closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a 33-23 lead into the break.

            Despite holding Middlebury without a field goal for the first 5:17 of the second half, Trinity's lead stood at 38-27 with 14:42 remaining. The Bantams slowed extended their advantage, holding a game-high 22-point lead on a pair of free throws from Christine Card with 3:49 remaining. Neither team scored in the final 1:20, leaving the Bantams with the 65-46 victory.

            Along with her 21 points on 9 of 10 shooting, Ciarleglio added five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in the win. Claire Arnstein added 13 points, while Card scored a dozen with eight boards. Kaitlyn Fallon paced the Panthers with 16 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor. Lauren Sanchez added 15 points on 11-11 shooting from the free throw line and four steals.

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