Lowry's Career-Best 25 Propels Women's Hoops Past Trinity

February 10, 2013

Laura Lowry’s career-high 25 points propelled Middlebury past visiting Trinity (13-9, 4-5), moving the Panthers (13-10, 4-5) up a notch in the very crowded NESCAC standings with one game to play for both squads. Middlebury held a decisive edge at the charity stripe, making 27-36 tosses, while the Bantams knocked down 16-20 free throws for the game. Both teams finish their regular season on Wednesday, February 13, as Trinity travels to Williams, who upset previously unbeaten Amherst, while the Panthers host the aforementioned Jeffs in Pepin Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Neither team led by more than three in the first half until a pair of free throws from Middlebury’s Tracy Borsinger put the Panthers on top 29-25 with 5:15 remaining. Laura Lowry hit a jumper on the team’s next possession to give Middlebury its largest lead of the half at 31-25 at the 4:52 mark. The Bantams came within one twice, including a three-point play from Taylor Higgins late in the half to make it a 38-37 game at the intermission. Lowry had 14 first half points for Middlebury, Katie Pett scored nine with seven rebounds, while Jesse Miller grabbed eight boards. Hannah Brickley led the Bantams with 10 points in the first 20 minutes. Trinity actually held a free throw advantage in the first half, hitting 11-13 to Middlebury’s 8-11.

The Panthers opened a 10-point lead in the second half, using a 10-0 run after the Bantams tied the game at 41 apiece on a Shantel Hanniford jumper at 18:59. Scarlett Kirk and Lowry each added five points during the run. The Panther lead hovered around 10 points for the next 11 minutes before Trinity put a 5-0 spurt together, cutting the deficit to 64-59 with 8:04 left to play. Lowry made her final points on a jumper at 6:39, giving Middlebury a 68-60 lead.

Trinity cut the deficit to six twice in the next two minutes, but could not get closer as the Panthers built their lead back to double-figures on a Pett lay-up at 2:40. Trailing 78-66, the Bantams had a final spark when Christina Raiti hit a three with :53 on the clock, followed by a pair of free throws by Moriah Sweeney with 46 seconds to play. Those were the final points for Trinity as Middlebury made three more free throws in the final minute for the 81-71 victory.

Lowry’s career-best 25 points came on 7-14 shooting, including 3-6 from downtown and 8-9 from the line. Borsinger and Pett each added 16, while Kirk netted 15 for Middlebury. Miller had a great day under the boards, collecting a game-high 13 rebounds as the Panther out-rebounded the Bantams 39-29 on the day.

Taylor Murtaugh 7-11 shooting paced Trinity, finishing with 14 points, while Hanniford notched a dozen. Brickley and Mackenzie Griffin each nabbed a team-best eight caroms.