Women's Basketball Ends Season
February 11, 2012
The Middlebury College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with an 80-50 loss at top-ranked Amherst. The Panthers finish the season up at 7-17 overall, 0-10 in NESCAC play.
Megan Robertson recorded her second double-double in as many days, closing out a remarkable weekend with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in only 17 minutes off the bench. Amherst (24-0, 10-0 NESCAC) finished unbeaten in conference play for the third consecutive year, as the Lord Jeffs joined the 2009-10 squad as the only two in school history to finish the regular season at 24-0.
Middlebury didn’t register its first points until Maddie Moreau hit a jumper with 14:50 on the clock after the Jeffs opened with an 8-0 run. Amherst made six consecutive shots to take a 21-6 lead with 12 minutes to play, with three-pointers by Shannon Finucane and Caroline Stedman and a three-point play from Livia Rizzo highlighting the stretch.
The Jeffs’ lead hit 20 points when Finucane buried another three-pointer to bring the score to 34-14, and they would lead by at least 20 for the remainder of the half. Amherst shot 52.8 percent from the floor and blocked six shots in the opening 20 minutes, carrying a 47-24 advantage into the locker room.
A layup by Stephany Surrette and a jumper from Tracy Borsinger got the Panthers off to a good start in the second frame. Rizzo responded with a layup that ignited a 16-0 Amherst run, and Finucane closed the spurt with another three that brought the score to 63-28 with 13:45 remaining.
The visitors would get to within 26 points, but Amherst secured the 30-point win when Savannah Holness hit a deep jumper to close out the scoring with 1:03 to play. With their ninth consecutive win over Middlebury, the Jeffs increased their home (60), overall (43) and NESCAC (33) winning streaks.
Caroline Stedman scored 13 points for Amherst, while Lem Atanga McCormick added 11 and Marcia Voigt had 10.
Borsinger, Moreau and Brittany Perfetti had 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 31.6 percent overall. Surrette led her team with eight rebounds, while Perfetti added three assists and two steals.