Women's Basketball Ends Season In NESCAC Quarters

February 19, 2011

The Middlebury women's basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 67-64 loss at Colby in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest. The Panthers end the season with a 15-9 mark, the most wins since '01-'02.

Despite playing just 25 minutes because of first half foul trouble, Colby’s Rachael Mack finished with game-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. She shot 6-12 from the field and was 14-16 from the foul line.

Mack hit two free throws with 1:36 left to put the Mules up 64-59. The Panthers answered back 21 seconds later when Lauren Sanchez nailed two free throws to cut the margin back to three. Colby had a miss at the other end, but Middlebury had a turnover with 30 seconds to play. Diana Manduca was immediately fouled and hit two free throws for the Mules with 29 seconds to play for a 66-61 lead. The Panthers once again fought back as Maddie Moreau nailed a three-point shot with 19 seconds left. Mack was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit 1-2 from the line to make it 67-64. The Mules were able to supply some pressure defense to prevent Middlebury from getting off a three-point shot and the Panthers settled for a missed lay-up by Moreau with six seconds to play. A wild scramble on the rebound ended the game.

Middlebury was up 49-44 with 9:58 left in the game and had one chance to go up by seven points. The Panthers’ last lead was 55-54 when Stephany Surrette hit a pair of free throws with 5:10 to play. With the score 56-56, Colby’s Aarika Ritchie scored on a drive to the basket and Mack added another inside score for a 60-56 margin. Sanchez answered with a drive of her own to the basket to make it 60-58 and then went 1-2 from the foul line to cut Colby’s lead to 60-59. Manduca scored on another drive to the basket with 2:08 to play for a 62-59 lead and then Mack hit the two free throws with 1:36 remaining.

Jules Kowalski, Diana Manduca, Ritchie, and Jil Vaughan all had 10 points for Colby. Vaughan added seven rebounds, while Kowalski pulled down six. Manduca finished with a game-high six assists.

Sanchez had 20 points, including a 14-20 effort from the foul line, six rebounds, six steals, and five assists for the Panthers. Tracy Borsinger added 12 points, while Surrette had eight boards and five points despite playing just 18 minutes because of foul problems.