Women's Basketball Tops Johnson State By 46 Points

December 6, 2012

Middlebury methodically pulled away from visiting Johnson State, en route to a opsided 83-37 victory at Pepin Gym. The Panthers (4-4) used their commanding rebounding edge of 50-16 to spark their fast break for numerous easy baskets. Middlebury dominated on the offensive glass, holding a 19-4 advantage in that category, while dishing out 25 assists to the Badgers’ five. The 46-point win is the largest margin of victory for Middlebury since topping Lesley 91-33 on November 22, 2003.

The Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead less than five minutes into the game as Scarlett Kirk and Rachel Crews chipped in four points apiece during the run. Johnson State’s Mary Richardson cut the lead to 14-8 on a traditional three-point play at 12:50. A three by Middlebury’s Laura Lowry at 8:27 pushed the Panther lead to 26-15, with the Panthers maintaining a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game.

Middlebury closed out the half on a 19-0 run after Lowry’s three, as the Panthers defense held the Badgers scoreless for the final 9:15 of the half, taking an imposing 45-15 lead into the break.

After shooting 55.9% from the floor in the first half, the Panthers continued their sharp shooting in the second, connecting on 53.1% pulling away for the 83-37 win. Middlebury’s defense held Johnson State to 25% accuracy from the field for the game, forcing 13 turnovers in the process.

Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger led all scorers with 19 points in 18 minutes of play, while adding five rebounds and three assists. Kirk added 10 points with four caroms, Crews chipped in 11 and seven as Jesse Miller nabbed a game-high 10 caroms. Richardson’s 18 points led the Badgers as she hit 5/13 from the floor including 1/3 from behind the arc and 7/8 from the charity stripe.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Middlebury hosts Skidmore, while Johnson State (2-6) is at Lyndon State.

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