Women's Basketball Topped By Castleton

November 27, 2012

Middlebury came on strong late but it wasn’t enough, as the Panthers fell 62-60 at Castleton in Glenbrook Gym on Tuesday evening. The Spartans led for the entire second half but saw their lead shrivel to just one, 59-58, on a layup by Scarlett Kirk with 41 seconds left in the half. Castleton whittled the clock down on its next possession before senior Kelly Conway hit an elbow jumper with just 23 seconds remaining.

Middlebuy’s Katie Ritter attempted a game-tying three with 12 seconds left, but it rimmed out and Castleton’s Stephanie Linder fought for the board. She was fouled and hit one of two free throws to push the lead to 62-58, before the Panthers hit a layup at the buzzer for the two-point final margin. 

With the win the Spartans improve to 4-0 for the first time in head coach Tim Barrett’s tenure. It also marks the team’s  first win over Middlebury since 1987, snapping a 16-game losing streak. Middlebury drops to 2-3 on the year with the defeat.

Castleton shot 49.1 percent from the field, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc as nine different players scored in the contest. Meghan O’Sullivan led the team with 13 points and three blocks while Alyssa Leonard added 11. Linder had a team-high seven rebounds and added eight points.

The Panthers shot 41.4 percent from the field, including just 38.7 percent in the second half. Tracy Borsinger poured in a game-high 25 points on 9-20 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three blocks. Katie Pett finished with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and two points.

Castleton jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first 1:21; however, six straight by the Panthers gave the visitors a two-point lead just a minute later. The Spartans regained the lead for good on a three by O’Sullivan on their next possession. Castleton saw its lead grow as high as seven over the next 12 minutes, though the Panthers cut it to two, 27-25, with 6:24 left.

A Jade Desroches triple pushed the lead back to five but Borsinger hit a three of her own and Ritter added a layup to tie the game 30-30 with 2:28 remaining. A layup by Liz Douglass at the 1:24 mark proved to be the final bucket of the half, with the Spartans leading 32-30.

Castleton didn’t let up to start the second and eventually pushed its lead to 10 on a jumper by Leonard at the 15:31 mark. The lead fluctuated from 6-10 over the next five minutes, before a three by Kristina Conway cut the Middlebury deficit in half, 52-49, with 9:52 left.

The teams traded baskets over the next 2:24, leaving Castleton up six. Neither team scored again until a 4-0 Panther run trimmed the Spartan advantage to just 57-55 with 3:35 remaining. Middlebury and Castleton swapped baskets for almost three minutes, until Kirk’s layup pulled her team within one with 41 seconds left.

The Spartans return to the court on Friday evening when they host the University of Maine at Farmington at 5:30 pm. Middlebury is back in action on Saturday at 3 pm against Emmanuel.