Women's Hoops Downs Bates - Head To NESCAC Semi's
February 16, 2013
Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since ’02 with a 75-64 win over fifth-seeded Bates (12-12). The fourth-seeded Panthers (14-11) will advance to next weekend’s championship weekend at Amherst, after top-seeded Tufts was upset by #8 Bowdoin. Middlebury will take on Williams at 7:30, while the hosts entertain Bowdoin at 5:30 on Saturday.
Middlebury led 8-6 early before an 8-0 run by Bates gave them a 14-8 advantage with 13:15 left in the first half. Trailing by five at the 7:55 mark, the Panthers went on a 7-0 spurt to cut the lead to a pair at 27-25 with 5:04 remaining. Laura Lowry had five of the seven points, including a three-point play. With the game tied at 30-30, Middlebury scored nine of the game’s next 11 points to take a 39-32 advantage with less than a minute to play in the half. A three from Allie Beaulieu of Bates and a late bucket by Middlebury’s Rachel Crews left the Panthers with a 41-35 halftime advantage.
The Panthers extended their lead in the second half as a 9-2 run put them up 56-43 with 13:54 left in the first half. Middlebury went ice-cold at that point, missing its next nine shots as they went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal. Shooting 5-9 from the line, the Panthers found themselves in a 61-61 tie with 3:58 remaining when a bucket from Lowry broke the drought. Not only did the field goal end the drought, it sparked a game-deciding 12-0 run that put Middlebury up 73-61 with seconds remaining in the game. Lowry hit a two and a three during the run with seven points from Katie Pett.
Tracy Borsinger finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for Middlebury, followed by Lowry with 17 and five boards. Pett finished with 13 points, eight caroms and three steals, Scarlett Kirk netted nine with four assists, while Kate Logan scored eight.
Beaulieu led all scored with 24 points and five assists for Bates, with 14 points and nine rebounds coming from Meredith Kelly.