Women's Basketball Drops NESCAC Opener To Bates

January 6, 2012

Middlebury opened up NESCAC play with a 65-58 loss to Bates in Pepin Gym. The Panthers fall to 3-7 overall, while the Bobcats improve to 6-6. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Tufts at 2:00 p.m., while Bates visits Williams.

In just the second home game of the season for Middlebury, the Panthers fell behind early and never led as Bates forced 21 turnovers. With Bates leading by seven at the 7:49 mark, the Panthers battled back to cut the advantage to 33-29 with just under two minutes left in the half. However, the Bobcats closed the period with an 8-2 run, taking a 41-31 lead into the break. Stephany Surrette posted nine first half points for Middlebury, while Molly Brown added nine points for Bates.

The Bobcats scored the first six points of the second half, extending their lead to 47-31 with 17:59 to play. Middlebury then used a 15-6 run to cut the lead to 53-46 midway through the half, before Bates went back up by 13 on a Brianna Hawkins lay-up. The Panthers closed out the game with a 9-4 run, but Bates held on for the 65-58 victory.

The game featured solid free-throw shooting from both teams, as they combined to go 30-33 from the line. Middlebury was 16-17 from the charity stripe, while Bates was 14-16.

Surrette scored 13 points, leading three Panthers in double figures. Tracy Borsinger chipped in with 12 points, while Scarlett Kirk narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Bates was led by a game-high 18 points from Meredith Kelly, while Hawkins added 10. Rounding out the offense for the Bobcats, Annie Burns dished out seven assists and recorded four steals.

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