Women's Basketball Wins Shootout Over Colby-Sawyer

January 17, 2012

The Middlebury women’s basketball team won a 95-90 overtime thriller at home against Colby-Sawyer in Pepin Gym. Both teams shot over 50%, but it was the Panthers that came out on top in the offensive battle. Middlebury (4-10) returns to conference play on Friday, traveling to Hamilton, while Colby-Sawyer (10-5) next hosts New England College on Saturday.

Middlebury took an early 15-6 lead before Colby-Sawyer scored 10 unanswered points to take its first lead of the contest at 16-15, midway through the first half. The Panthers regained momentum, backed by strong shooting from Scarlett Kirk, opened an 11-point lead with 2:17 remaining in the half. Colby-Sawyer, however, scored the final five points, including a three from Taylor DeSanty, to narrow the gap to 40-34 Middlebury at the break.

The Panthers held a slim lead throughout much of the second half, as both teams continued their hot shooting. With less than a minute to play, Colby-Sawyer tied the game with 22 seconds left in regulation on an Ashley Fruzzetti’s runner setting the score at 80-80. On the ensuing possession, Middlebury’s Kirk drove the baseline to put the Panthers up by two, but the Chargers’ Cailin Bullett went coast-to-coast to tie the game at 82-82 with six seconds to play. Middlebury had a chance to win it in regulation, but Brittany Perfetti’s 30-foot bid at the buzzer hit off the rim to send the game into overtime.

Kirk scored four quick points for Middlebury, as the Panthers opened the extra session with an early 88-84 lead. Colby-Sawyer battled back to take a 90-89 edge on a Kelsey Cahill free-throw with 1:34 to play, but the Panthers closed out the game with five unanswered points to grab the 95-90 victory.

Middlebury’s Kirk led five Panthers in double figures, picking up a career-high 21 points as the team combined to shoot 52.2%. Perfetti hit career-highs with 21 points and seven assists, and also added eight rebounds. Stephany Surrette had a strong night, racking up 21 points, while Maddie Moreau added 15. Rounding out the offense, Tracy Borsinger recorded 12 points, with Katie Pett contributing a game-high nine rebounds, tying her career high.

Colby-Sawyer’s Bullett led all scorers with 28 points, completing the unconventional double-double with 11 assists. DeSanty contributed 21 points, as Ashley Fruzzetti chipped in 20. Cahill rounded out the highlights for the Chargers with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Colby-Sawyer finished the contest shooting 51.6%, 64.7% from beyond the arc, including 77.8% (7-9) from three-point range in the second half.

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