Middlebury

Women's Basketball Drops Road Game

December 1, 2012

Middlebury dropped a 62-50 road game at 16th-ranked Emmanuel on Saturday afternoon at the Jean Yawkey Center. Fiona O’Dwyer posted a double-double with game-highs in points (24) and rebounds (10) for the Saints (6-0). The Panthers fall to 2-4 overall and will host Norwich on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Middlebury was in control of the action in the early goings, holding a lead until O’Dwyer tied the contest at 7-7 with an old-fashion three-point play with 17:00 minutes left in the half.  O’Dwyer would give EC its first lead of the day with a jumper at the 16:51 mark to make it 9-7 before Katie Pett converted a shot from the wing to even the game at 9-9 with 15:36 on the clock.

On the next possession, one of two free-throws by senior guard Laura Benvenuto made it 10-9 but more importantly gave Emmanuel the lead for good as they would never trail for the remainder of the action.

With 8:46 left in the first half, junior guard Bria Tiro knocked down a trey to give the Saints their largest lead of the half at 22-10 but Middlebury responded with a 13-2 run to make it a one-point game at 24-23 following a pair of free-throws by Nora Kelly with just over three minutes remaining in the half.

Emmanuel would take a 30-25 lead into the halftime intermission and then opened the second half with a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 36-25 following a layup by Liz Daley.

The Saints held a double-digit lead for the majority of the half, however, the Panthers made one run to keep things close when they pulled to within six at 45-39 following a Pett layup with under 12 minutes remaining in the game. EC answered with two quick hoops including an O’Dwyer jumper to put the lead back to double-figures (49-39) with just over 10 minutes left.

EC took its largest lead of the contest when sophomore center Vanessa Bramantee finished a fast-break layup with 5:42 left to make it 60-44. Emmanuel was able to hold on for the 62-50 win and improve to 6-0 to start a season for the first time since 2009.

The Panthers were led by Tracy Borsinger’s 13 points while Pett was strong defensively with 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.

Benvenuto had another strong all-around contest with seven points, a game-high seven assists to go along with two steals.

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