Women's Basketball With Road Loss At Williams

January 26, 2013

Middlebury dropped a 62-36 NESCAC road game at 22nd-ranked Williams (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (10-9, 2-4) return to action next weekend with a pair of NESCAC games at Bowdoin and Colby.

With a little less than seven minutes to go in the first half at Chandler Gym, Mary Kate O'Brien pulled down the rebound off a wayward jumper from Kristina Conroy and began heading up court. As the guard approached the three-point line, she suddenly slipped a bounce pass to her right to Claire Baecher, who launched up a shot from behind the arc and found nothing but net for a 29-11 Ephs lead.

A pair of spin moves under the basket from Baecher and Danny Rainer, respectively, netted the Ephs their first four points. A mid-range Ellen Cook jumper off a kick-out from Kellie Macdonald, who had retrieved her own rebound, made it six, and a three from the top of the key by Baecher pushed the Eph lead to nine with just 3:36 elapsed in the game.

After Rainer sank a pair of free throws to push the lead back out to nine, Noreen Pecsok called a 30-second timeout in an effort to settle her team down. Initially, the move paid dividends as the teams traded baskets for the next few minutes, leaving the score at 17-9 in favor of Williams with 11:59 remaining in the half from there.

From that point on it was all Williams, as the Ephs launched into a 16-2 run that left them firmly in control well before the first half drew to a close. Grace Rehnquist was the early offensive star, with eight quick points off the bench via a pair of threes and a coast-to-coast layup following a steal to give the Ephs a 22-9 advantage.

While those would be Rehnquist's final points of the night, Baecher more than picked up the slack and scored nine of the Ephs next 11 points that gave the Ephs a 33-11 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the period.

Of the 33 points, 14 belonged to Baecher, who finished with 20 points and six rebounds in just 22 minutes of playing time.

To their credit, the Panthers refused to back down an inch at any point throughout the game and managed to bring the deficit down to 19 when NESCAC scoring leader Tracy Borsinger, who led the Panthers with 13 points on the day, bridged the two halves with a nice running lay-in and a pair of free throws.

But the Ephs matched their intensity level and quickly sealed the outcome with a 7-0 run punctuated by a great transition connection between Cook and Rainer, who finished with 11 points, which made it 43-17 with 16:50 to go in the contest.