Women's Hoops Tops Albany College of Pharmacy
February 7, 2011
Middlebury stopped a four-game losing streak, beating visiting Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) 74-64 in a rare Monday night match-up in Pepin Gym. The Panthers of Middlebury (13-7) have won both match-ups against the ACPHS Panthers (13-4) by the same 74-64 score, including the 2010 tilt in Albany. Monday’s game was rescheduled due to severe weather earlier this month.
With only seven players dressed for the visitors, ACPHS matched Middlebury in the early going, exchanging leads six times before Middlebury went on a 12-2 run, highlighted by five points from Lauren Sanchez, for a 22-14 lead at 12:17. ACPHS responded with an 8-2 spurt over the next five minutes, cutting the Middlebury lead to 24-22, as Alyson Johnson and Kelly VanValkenburgh added three points apiece. Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger put on a show over the final 6:30 of the half, leading a 16-6 run, as she scored 11 points on 5/6 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and nabbed a steal during the run.
Leading 40-28 at intermission, Middlebury built a 52-32 lead to open the second half as Stephany Surrette added six points from the low block during a 12-4 run. ACPHS cut the lead to 60-49 at the 10:46 mark as Middlebury went cold from the floor, hitting 2/12 during the ACPHS comeback bid. Middlebury maintained its double-digit lead down the stretch as neither team shot particularly well over the next 8:25 minutes of play, as the Middlebury Panthers hit 2/14 from the floor and ACPHS was 1/7 before a pair of buckets with just over two minutes left cut the Middlebury lead to 69-59. Down the stretch, a pair of free throws from Sanchez and a three from Borsinger kept the visiting ACPHS Panthers at bay for the 74-64 victory.
Borsinger led all scorers with a career-best 19 points for Middlebury on 7/14 shooting, including 3/4 from behind the arc. Surrette added 13 on 5/7 shooting, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds for Middlebury, as Brittany Perfetti and Sanchez added nine points each. Alyson Johnson paced ACPHS with a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while swatting a game-high three shots. Three other ACPHS Panthers scored double-figures, as VanValkenburgh added a dozen, while Kelsey Johnson and Alex Oaks netted 11 apiece.