Women's Basketball Ends Season
February 13, 2010
Middlebury wrapped-up its season with a 79-46 loss at Amherst (24-0, 9-0), the top-ranked team in the nation. The Panthers finish their season at 10-14, 2-7 in NESCAC play, finishing in a tie with Wesleyan for the eighth spot in the NESCAC standings. By virtue of a 60-52 loss at Wesleyan on January 23rd, the Cardinals earn the tie-breaker and earn the eighth-seed and final seed for the upcoming league tourney.
The Lord Jeffs opened up an 11-2 lead early on, but saw Middlebury respond with a 6-0 run to close the gap to 11-8. Just over seven minutes into the half, Middlebury kept the margin at three points on a Maddie Moreau layup, but that was the last time that the score would be that close. On Amherst's next possession, Caroline Stedman drilled a three pointer to stretch the lead back to 17-11. Stedman scored eight of Amherst's next 10 points as the Lord Jeff's opened up a 25-11 lead before Middlebury would score again.
A strong scoring play by Middlebury's Tracy Borsinger and a pair of Lauren Sanchez free throws cut the Amherst lead to 11 points at 31-20 with 4:12 remaining in the half. Over the last four minutes of the frame, Amherst went on an 8-1 run to take a 39-21 lead into the locker room. At the half Stedman and Lem Atanga McCormick led all players with 10 points apiece, while Middlebury's Sanchez and Stephany Surrette had five points each to lead the Panthers.
The second half started with four straight points from Middlebury, followed by a 6-0 Amherst run following a timeout. The game was never really in doubt, and by the 13:28 mark of the second stanza a three from Finucane put Amherst ahead 56-28. The Lord Jeff lead grew as large as 33 points late in the game, as the Lord Jeff's cruised to a 79-46 win.
Rookie Marcia Voigt led the Lord Jeffs in scoring off the bench with 17 points and seven rebounds. Atanga McCormick and Stedman added 12 points each and combined for 15 rebounds, while Surrette and Kaitlyn Fallon paced the Panthers in scoring with a combined 23 points.