Pett With 23 Boards In Women's Basketball Victory Over Wesleyan

January 12, 2013

Middlebury topped Wesleyan 62-45 in Pepin Gym as the Panthers’ Katie Pett collected a career-high 23 rebounds in the NESCAC contest. With Pett’s prowess on the glass, Middlebury (8-6, 2-2) held a decisive 52-35 rebounding edge over the Cardinals (8-6, 1-3) who connected on only 17-61 shots from the floor (.279).

The Panthers built an early 13-5 lead as Pett started the game with a bucket, while Scarlett Kirk and Tracy Borsinger each added four points during the opening run. Wesleyan closed the gap midway through the first half, eventually taking a 19-18 lead on a pair of free throws by Karly Finison at 6:43. Middlebury closed the stanza with a 10-0 run, capped by a three from Borsinger with 1:28 left, before Jackie Browne answered from long distance for the Cardinals, for a 28-22 Panther lead at intermission.

Wesleyan regained the lead in the second half with a 9-2 scoring burst, highlighted by KellyAnn Rooney’s four points. The teams traded leads four times midway through the second half before a made free throw shot by Middlebury’s Kate Logan gave the Panthers the lead for good at 10:17. Leading 39-38, Middlebury extended its lead to double-digits over the next five minutes, building a 51-40 advantage with 5:09 left in the game as Sarah Marcus scored five of her 13 points during the run. With the lead hovering around 10 points, the Cardinals were forced to foul, but the Panthers were sharp at the line, hitting 11-14 free throws to keep Wesleyan at bay, for the 62-45 victory.

Kirk led all scorers with 16 points on 8-14 shooting, as Marcus chipped in with 13 off the bench and Laura Lowry added 10 points for Middlebury. Beyond Pett’s career-best 23 rebounds, she added six points and swiped three steals.

Jess Cherenza led the Cardinals with eight points, and a game-best three blocks, while Kendra Harris added seven as the duo each grabbed five rebounds.