Women's Basketball Loses To Conn. College

January 11, 2013

Despite a game-high 21 points from Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger, the Panthers (7-6, 1-2) saw the visiting Camels of Connecticut College (6-8, 1-2) pull away late in the second half for a 66-57 NESCAC victory in Pepin Gym. Both teams return to conference action on Saturday afternoon as Middlebury hosts Wesleyan, while Conn. College travels to Williams.

After a slow start for both teams, Middlebury opened a 6-0 lead at the 14:58 mark, capped by a three from Borsinger. Conn. College answered with a 16-3 run, highlighted by four points apiece from Caitlin Cimino, Kayleen Murray and Tara Gabelman. Borsinger answered with back-to-back threes, cutting the Camels’ lead to 16-15 with 6:50 left to play in the half. Middlebury’s Scarlett Kirk later tied the game at 20 with two free throws at 3:06. There were six lead changes down the stretch as Borsinger accounted for two of them on a three followed by a lay-up with 24 seconds to play. Kaitlyn Cresencia gave the visitors the final lead change with a buzzer-beating lay-up as the Camels took a 27-26 lead into the break.

The Camels kept a slight lead in the opening minutes of the second half before Borsinger connected from long distance tying the game at 36 apiece at the 16:04 mark. After both teams exchanged buckets, Conn. College went on a 12-5 spurt, as Murray chipped in six points for the visitors, building a 50-43 lead with 8:13 on the clock. Two lay-ups by Middlebury’s Sarah Marcus kept the Panthers within five, but Conn. College muscled-out a 10-3 run for a 62-50 lead with 1:13 remaining. A Marcus three cut the lead to 64-57 with 18 seconds left, but the Panthers could not get any closer in the final seconds, falling 66-57.

Borsinger’s 21 led all scorers as she shot 8-18 from the floor and 5-8 from downtown. Marcus and Laura Lowry each had nine points while Kirk added eight points and a team-best nine rebounds to go with her game-high five assists.

Gabelman notched a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Camels. Murray also added a dozen, while Jocelyn Summers chipped in 11 and Cimino had nine and 11 boards.