Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight Contest

January 1, 2014

Sarah Marcus scored a career-high 27 points to lead Middlebury to a 76-63 win over Smith (2-5) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers even their record at 4-4 on the season and will return to action on Friday at Medaille.

Smith led early, taking a 15-10 advantage on a three from Rosa Drummond with 11:16 left in the first half. Middlebury came back with a 10-0 run, sparked by four points from Alexis Coolidge and a three from Laura Lowry to hold a 20-15 lead at the 8:03 mark. The run extended to 20-4 later in the half, with a three from Marcus giving the Panthers an 11-point lead at 30-19 with 4:20 left to play. Smith scored just five points in the final 11:16 of the first half, giving Middlebury a 36-20 advantage at the break. The Panthers took advantage of 15 Pioneer turnovers in the first half, turning them into 21 points.

Middlebury led by as many as 19 twice in the second half, before Smith chipped into the lead, aided by just five second-half turnovers. A three from Drummond at the 10:32 mark cut the lead to 56-43 before Marcus answered for the Panthers. The lead grew to 18 before the Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to make it a 66-56 contest on a bucket from Paulina Solis with 3:39 remaining. Lowry connected on a pair of free throws to put her team up 68-56, as the Panthers connected on six straight from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the 76-63 victory.

Marcus knocked down 12 of her 19 shots on the afternoon, while Lowry scored 13 with nine assists. Elizabeth Knox netted 10 points, while Scarlett Kirk scored eight with 10 boards.

Drummond paced Smith with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Solis scored 15, while Sydney Parkmond added a dozen.