Middlebury

Women's Hoops Hit School-Record 12 Threes in Victory Over Keene State

January 24, 2013

Middlebury used long-range shooting to propel past visiting Keene State 60-54 in Pepin Gym. The Panthers connected on a school-record 12 treys out of 29 attempts (.414 shooting), while the Owls were cold from long-distance, hitting 1-15 from behind the arc. The game was closely contested as the Panthers needed timely free throw shooting in the final seconds to seal the non-conference win. The previous record of 11 threes was set in 1998 against Union College.

The Owls (7-11) opened up an early 6-0 lead before Tracy Borsinger tied it with back-to-back threes at 15:04 in the first half. Middlebury (10-8) continued to score, taking an 11-6 lead at 13:55 on a three from Kate Logan. The visitors took a brief 18-17 lead after a pair of free throws by Siobhan Carnell at 5:59, as Borsinger and Laura Lowry answered again from downtown, sandwiching threes around a Carnell jumper, for a 23-20 Panther advantage with 4:02 left in the half. The Middlebury lead bumped to 27-20 on a Scarlett Kirk bucket before Carnell answered for Keene State. In the final minute of the first, Kirk hit 1-2 from the line for a 28-22 lead at the break.

Trailing 31-26 early in the second, the Owls hit their lone three when Christan Wojtas connected at 16:32 and Kelsey Cognetta followed, dropping in a lay-up to tie the game at 31-31. Another Borsinger three gave the Panthers a 34-31 cushion at the 16 minute mark as the Panthers pulled to a 51-42 advantage over the next 10 minutes of action. At that point, Carnell took over the game, going on a personal 7-0 run for Keene State, finally cutting the deficit to 51-49 after a pair of charity tosses with 2:42 left to play.

The sharp-shooting Panthers, who set the school-record on Logan’s three at 6:49, did not attempt a three pointer over the final 1:44, as they were sent to the line by the Owls as the hosts hit 7-13 free throws down the stretch. During the closing 1:44, Keene State could not close the gap as they were only 1-5 from the floor, dropping the contest 60-54.

Borsinger’s 18 points, including five threes, paced Middlebury, as Kirk netted 16 and Lowry collected a dozen points, while Jesse Miller nabbed 10 rebounds. Carnell led all scorers with 21 points on 8-15 shooting, as Wojtas and Cognetta each added 10 points for Keene State, as Coutney Roberts collected 10 caroms for the visitors.

Both teams return to their conference schedules on Saturday, as Middlebury travels to Williams, while Keene State journeys to UMass-Boston.      

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