Women's Basketball Drops Opener In OT

November 17, 2012

The Middlebury women’s basketball team opened up its season with a 66-61 overtime loss to the host school at the UMass.-Boston Tip-Off Classic. The Panthers return to action on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the consolation game with the tournament taking place at Simmons College.

Trailing 16-9, Middlebury went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 16-16 on a three from Nora Kelly at the 8:56 mark of the first half. The run extended to 12-1 when a hoop from Katie Ritter gave the Panthers a 21-17 lead at the 7:17 mark. The Beacons later closed the first half on an 8-3 run to take a 30-25 lead into the intermission.

Middlebury trailed by nine in the second half before a three from Laura Lowry ended a 9-2 run to tie the game at 36-36 at the 14:16 mark. UMB increased its lead to 10 midway through the period before the Panthers chipped away, knotting the game at 52-52 on a jumper from Ritter with 1:35 left to play. UMB took the lead with 45 seconds on the clock before a bucket from Rachel Crews five seconds later sent the game into overtime.

Trailing by one in the extra sessions, the Beacons went on an 8-0 run with Middlebury missing a pair of shots and turning the ball over twice. A three from Crews brought Middlebury within four with 23 seconds remaining, but that’s as close as they’d get.

Sarah Marcus scored a game-high 17 points in the game, followed by 11 points and six boards from Jesse Miller and 10 from Kelly. Ritter led the team with seven boards to go along with six points, while Lowry had four assists and Marcus earned three steals.

UMB had four players in double figures, led by Kirsten Morrison and Andrea Suffredini with 14 apiece. Olivia Murphy added 10 points and a game-high 15 boards in the victory.