Women's Basketball Moves To 5-0

November 30, 2010

Middlebury raced out to a 15-4 lead, and never trailed en route to a 73-62 win over Castleton State College in women’s basketball action Tuesday evening at Glenbrook Gymnasium. With the win Middlebury improves to 5-0, for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Castleton stumbles to 1-3 on the year.

Middlebury sophomore Maddie Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) led all scorers with 20 points, while junior Brittany Perfetti (Clifton Heights, Pa.) followed with 18 and senior Lauren Sanchez (Seattle, Wash.) added 16.

Castleton freshman Alyssa Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) led four Spartans in double-figures with 15. Christine Jaques (Burlington, Vt.) added 11, while Megan Johnson (Rutland, Vt.) and Vanessa Powers (Marshfield, Vt.) chipped in 10.

The trio of Moreau, Perfetti and Sanchez scored all but two of the first 15 points for the Panthers, as Castleton fell behind early. Castleton was able to stay within striking distance throughout the first half and used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to four (22-18) on a pair of Tarryn Bolognani (Whitingham, Vt.) free throws with just over five minutes to play. Moreau answered with a three-pointer to bump the lead back to seven, and Middlebury outscored Castleton 13-4 over the final five minutes to take a 35-22 lead into the interval.

An Allison Needham (Lexington, Mass.) lay-up with 10:29 remaining gave the Panthers a 54-40 lead, but Leonard made one-of-two from the line and Jaques canned the first of three second half three-pointers to get back to within 10. Four-straight free throws from Powers and Stephanie Bull (Milton, Vt.) cut the lead to 54-48, but buckets from Perfetti and Sanchez answered the run, pushing the lead back to 10.

The Spartans mustered yet another run at Middlebury, this time trailing 60-55 on a Kelly Conway (Rutland, Vt.) three-pointer, but Moreau answered with a huge three of her own with three minutes and 47 seconds remaining, and Middlebury was able to salt the game away.

Middlebury shot 47.9 percent (23-48) from the field, made 5-of-11 (45.5%) attempts from three-point range and went 22-for-34 (64.7%) from the free throw line in the win. Sanchez grabbed a team-high six rebounds and was 7-for-10 from the charity stripe, while Moreau went 7-for-11 from the field including 3-for-4 from three-point range.

Castleton struggled from the field during the first half, but rebounded to shoot 50 percent (13-26) in the second half and 42.9 percent (21-49) for the game. Powers added six rebounds for the Spartans, while Leonard added five rebounds, four assists and went 7-for-9 from the field.

Middlebury will travel to Union on Saturday at 2 p.m. in search of their sixth-straight win to open the season, a feat that no Panther team has accomplished since the 2001-02 season when they opened with nine-straight wins and finished 22-5 overall.