Women's Basketball Wins NESCAC-Opener Over Bates

January 4, 2013

Tracy Borsinger scored a career-best 29 points as Middlebury held off a furious second-half rally from Bates,  earning a 72-68 victory in the NESCAC opener for both teams. The Panthers (6-4, 1-0 NESCAC) dominated the first half, outscoring Bates 37-21 with 50% shooting 15-30 from the floor and 5-8 from beyond the arc.     

Bates (5-6, 0-1) started out the second half with 11 unanswered points in the opening 2:25, cutting Middlebury's lead to 37-32. The Panthers regained a 12-point cushion with a 7-0 run, with Borsinger figuring into all seven points. She assisted on a three by Laura Lowry, then converted a lay-up on an assist by Scarlett Kirk, and finally stole the ball from a Bates player at mid-court and coasted in for a bucket and a 55-43 lead with 11:43 left to play.

The Panthers still led by a 12-point margin with 4:01 to play, at 66-54, before Bates’ Allie Beaulieu knocked down consecutive threes to make it a six-point game at 66-60 with 1:49 remaining. The Bobcats maintained intense full-court pressure and got a steal and a layup by Julia Rafferty to make it 67-62 with 34 seconds left.

After Katie Pett made 1-of-2 at the free-throw line for Middlebury, Meredith Kelly drove for a lay-up and a three-point play, making it 68-65 with 18 seconds left. Borsinger made four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds, offsetting a three by Rafferty with five seconds to play. Leading 70-68, Borsinger sank the final two foul shots with 0.9 seconds left sealing the win.

In addition to Borsinger’s career-high 29 points, including five three pointers, Rachel Crews added 14, Lowry scored 10 and Katie Pett grabbed 13 rebounds to go with nine points for the Panthers, as Kirk had five assists and eight rebounds.

Beaulieu and Kelly scored 19 points apiece for Bates, while grabbing nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Molly Brown scored 12 points off the bench in her first game since November, while Rafferty doled out six assists and tied Kelly with a game-high three steals.