Women's Basketball Drops NESCAC Game At Hamilton

January 20, 2012

The Middlebury women’s basketball team (4-11, 0-5) dropped a NESCAC road game at Hamilton Friday night, falling by a score of 43-41. The Continental (7-9, 1-4) earned their first league win and second straight victory. The Panthers are idle until Tuesday night, when they host Plattsburgh at 5:30 p.m.

With the game tied at 6-6, Middlebury went on an 8-0 first half run to take a 14-6 lead at the 10:19 mark on a hoop from Katie Ritter. Hamilton later answered with an 8-0 spurt of its own, cutting the Panther advantage to 20-19 with 2:18 remaining behind threes from Kim Goidell and Dani Feigin. Middlebury’s Laura Lowry made a three down the stretch as the Panthers and Continentals entered the lockerroom in a 23-23 tie.

The game featured seven lead changes and three ties, many of them coming down the stretch. Adrianna Pulford put Hamilton on top 42-39 with 1:10 remaining in the game. The teams exchanged turnovers before Tracy Borsinger cut the lead to one with 30 seconds left on the clock. Eliza Howe went to the line for the Continentals, knocking down 1-2 at the 28 second mark to give Hamilton a 43-41 advantage. The Panthers missed a shot to tie with 12 seconds remaining, but regained possession after a Hamilton turnover. Following a timeout with five seconds left, Middlebury had one last chance, but Scarlett Kirk’s shot with time expiring rolled off the rim.

Borsinger finished with eight points to lead Middlebury, Maddie Moreau scored seven with 12 rebounds, while Katie Pett earned five steals.

Goidell scored a game-high 15 for Hamilton, while Howe added 13 and Feigin chipped in with eight. Claire Hunsinger earned eight boards in the win, Olivia Pimm had five steals, while Howe picked up four.

The Middlebury bench outscored Hamilton 18-5, holding a 41-30 edge on the boards. Hamilton forced 24 Panther turnovers, handing the ball over 20 times themselves.