Middlebury

Women's Basketball Defeated By Amherst

February 11, 2011

Trailing 25-16 at the break, Middlebury fell to second-ranked Amherst 63-43 at Pepin gym on Friday night. Playing a deliberate half court tempo, the Panthers held their own well into the second half against the nation’s number four scoring team (80 ppg). With the win, Amherst improves to 22-1 overall and 8-0 in NESCAC play, while Middlebury falls to 13-8 and 2-6 in conference action.

Middlebury held an 8-6 lead at 14:08 in the first half before the Jeffs went on a 13-1 run, opening up a 19-9 cushion with 5:14 left. A three by Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger cut the lead to 19-12 at 4:04, before Amherst answered with buckets by Jaclyn Daigneault and Sarah Leyman. Borsinger rang up another three  followed up by a free throw by Brittany Perfetti, cutting the Jeffs’ lead to 23-16 with 1:03 left in the half. A Daigneault lay-up off a Panther turnover capped the first half scoring at 25-16. In the first half, Amherst scored 12 points on 14 Middlebury turnovers.

In the second half, a lay-up by Stephany Surrette off a strong low post move cut the Amherst advantage to 31-23 at 15:22. The Panthers could have knifed the lead more, but they were cold at the free throw line over the next few possessions, as the Amherst lead grew to 37-25 at the 12:56 mark. Middlebury twice cut the lead to ten points over the next two minutes, but could not break the double-digit barrier as Amherst slowly pulled away in the final ten minutes for the 63-43 conference win.

For the game, the Jeffs scored 23 points off 22 Middlebury turnovers, while collecting 16 second-chance points to the Panthers’ four. Neither team shot particularly well on the night as Middlebury hit 14/43 shots (.326), while Amherst was 24/61 (.393).

Borsinger paced Middlebury with 18 points on 7/13 shooting, including 2/2 from behind the arc. Surrette added seven points and a team-best nine rebounds, while Perfetti also chipped in seven points. Daigneault lead all scorers with 21 points on 8/14 shooting, while leading Amherst with nine rebounds. Three other Jeffs added seven points, including Caroline Stedman who also grabbed seven boards, blocked a game-high four shots and swiped a game-high three steals.

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