Women's Hoops Falls To Daemen
December 2, 2011
Middlebury dropped a 59-41 game to Daemen College on day one of the Williams College Tournament. The Panthers (2-2) will take on Bridgewater State in the consolation game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Daemen, a former NAIA school transitioning to NCAA Division II, will take on the hosts at 3:00 p.m.
The Wildcats started the game with a 14-2 run to take an 18-10 lead with just over ten minutes to play in the first frame. The run was led by two free throws and a layup from Chelsea Andorka. The layup came off of an offensive rebound. After Andorka missed two free throws several possessions later, though, Middlebury cut the lead to two behind a layup from Katie Ritter.
As the Wildcats started building back up their lead, Panther guard Tracy Borsinger hit a huge three from the top left part of the arc to cut the lead back to four with just over four to play. Ellie Allen responded with a three-point play to push the lead back to seven. The Wildcats held the lead for the rest of the half and led 30-23 at the break.
Out of the break, the Wildcats added to their lead. Allen scored the first 11 points on layups, a jumper, and a free throw. As a team, the Wildcats went on a 13-3 run to open the half – holding Middlebury to no points from the field. The Panthers finally broke the spell with 10:41 on the clock when Borsinger hit a jumper. The hoop, however, could not start an offensive run for the Panthers. When Andorka swooshed a three from the top right to push the lead to 22 with just over six minutes to play – the largest lead of the game to that point– the lead proved too much for the Panthers to overcome.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Allen with 20 points, while Andorka added 13. Borsinger and Sarah Marcus both had nine points for the Panthers, as Katie Pett grabbed eight boards and Brittany Perfetti pulled down seven.