Women's Basketball Cruises Past Trinity
February 12, 2011
The Middlebury women’s basketball team wrapped up regular season NESCAC play with a 66-47 win over Trinity (13-10, 3-6 NESCAC) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (14-8, 3-6) have earned the seventh seed for the NESCAC Tournament and will visit second-seeded Colby on Saturday, February 19th in a quarterfinal match-up. Trinity finishes at the eighth seed and will travel to top seeded Amherst.
Trinity opened the game with a three from Kaitlin Ciarleglio, but Middlebury responded with a 12-2 run, capped by five points from Brittany Perfetti, including a three at 16:10 for a 12-5 Panther advantage. With Trinity trailing 17-8 nearly midway through the first half, the Bantams rallied with a 7-0 spurt, cutting the deficit to 17-15 with 8:52 remaining. Middlebury maintained a slight edge over the next few minutes before Trinity’s Kristen Fahey hit a three on her only attempt in the half at 1:45, cutting the Panther lead to 22-21. Middlebury closed out the half on a 4-0 burst, capped by a pair of free throws by Lauren Sanchez with less than a second left in the half, for a 26-21 lead at the break.
In the first half, Perfetti led Middlebury with eight points on 3/4 shooting, while Sanchez scored all five of her first half points from the charity stripe. The Bantams hit only 2/12 from behind the arc, while connecting on 6/29 from the field (.207) in the opening half.
After Perfetti opened the second half with a three, Trinity scored consecutive buckets before the Panthers pulled away with a 19-6 run. Maddie Moreau scored eight points, including a pair of threes, highlighted by her second long distance connection at 10:23, capping the run with a 48-31 lead. Middlebury was not threatened down the stretch as the lead grew to 66-43 in the final minutes before Trinity ended the scoring with a pair of field goals, setting the final score at 66-47.
As the Panthers found their shooting touch in the second half, hitting 11/19 shots (.573) including a perfect 4/4 from behind the arc, the Bantams went 10/33 (.303) from the floor, including 0/11 from downtown. For the game, Trinity hit 2/23 shots from the three-point line.
Sanchez led Middlebury with 16 points on just 1/3 shooting, as the Panthers all-time leading free throw shooter hit 13/16 attempts, while collecting a game-high eight rebounds. Three other Panthers scored in double-digits, including Moreau’s 15, Perfetti’s 13 and Stephany Surrette who chipped in 10 points while hauling in seven boards.
Carly Napier paced Trinity with 10 points, as Ciarleglio and Michelle Royals added seven apiece for the Bantams, while Rebecca Cohn nabbed a team-best seven rebounds.