Women’s Basketball Falls to Wesleyan During NESCAC Play

January 17, 2014

Following four-straight home contests, the Middlebury women’s basketball team hit the road for NESCAC play and fell to Wesleyan by a 59-51 score in Silloway Gym. A 10-2 run near the midway point of the second half propelled the Cardinals (11-4, 2-1) to the home victory against the Panthers (6-8, 1-2). The Panthers return to action on the road Sunday against Connecticut College at 12:00 p.m., while Wesleyan has over a week off before it takes on Connecticut College on Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m.

In the opening minutes, the two teams traded baskets. Trailing by one, 8-7, with 15:49 left, Wesleyan went on a 7-0 run over the next 2:48 and held its largest lead of the first half. The Panthers answered tallying 10 of the game’s next 14 points and knotted the contest at 18-18 with 8:36 remaining on a jumper by Laura Lowry.

Once again, the two sides exchanged baskets and with the score tied (23-23), the visitors went on a 6-0 run capped off on a jumper by Scarlett Kirk and held their largest lead of the game with 2:37 showing on the clock. Wesleyan tallied a pair of free throws as Middlebury took a four-point edge into the halftime break.

Out of the locker room, the Panthers pushed their lead to back to six just over a minute in via a Kirk lay-up. Wesleyan responded with an 8-0 spurt and took a two-point lead, 33-31, on an old-fashioned three-point play from Cherkira Lashley. A jumper from Elizabeth Knox and a three-pointer from Rachel Crews gave Middlebury a narrow three-point edge. However, the hosts rattled off a 13-2 run over nearly the next four minutes of play and led 46-38 with 9:20 left capped off on a three-pointer from Jenna Klaes.

The Panthers were able to cut the deficit to five on several occasions during the final minutes, but the Cardinals kept the visitors at bay and hung on for the eight-point conference victory.  

Individually, Marcus led Middlebury with 14 points. Kirk recorded her fourth-straight double-digit rebounding performance of 10 boards along with 10 points. Additionally, Knox also finished with 10 points for Middlebury. Jackie Browne led the Wesleyan offense with 14 points, while Klaes added 12 and Kaylie Williams tacked on nine points and seven rebounds.