Amherst recovered from a 31-23 halftime deficit to down visiting Middlebury, 58-50, in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
After coughing the ball up a grisly 19 times in the first session, the Jeffs committed just four turnovers, and shot 55.6% (15-for-27), in the second period to erase the Panther lead and seize the win.
Katie Fisher got Middlebury off to a solid start, sinking two jumpers, connecting on a pair of free throws, and feeding Maryanne Verzosa for a three-point play, as the Panthers took a 9-5 lead at the four-minute mark. Amherst turned the ball over on their first three possessions to aid in the early Middlebury edge, but Morin netted a jumper and finished off a pair of free throws of her own, and Shaina Pollack hit a clutch three to get the Jeffs back into it with a slim 12-11 lead at 12:34. Amidst sloppy play from both squads, the Panthers regrouped and went on a 20-9 run, led by eight points from Aylie Baker in the span of four minutes, to end the half with a 31-23 edge.
After giving up the first bucket, a layup from Micaela McVary 13 seconds after the whistle, the Jeffs went on a 12-4 run , sparked by eight points - including two three-balls - from Muller in the opening five minutes. Morin and Stefanie Reiff quickly caught the fire, as Morin converted an and-one opportunity to knot the score at 44-44 at the 11-minute mark and Reiff gained the lead for good on a pretty 10-footer on the ensuing possession. Middlebury scored six straight to get to within two, 52-50, at 6:24, but their comeback hopes were crushed by the stellar Jeff defense, which shutout the Panthers on their last 10 tries down the stretch.
Fisher paced Middlebury with 16 points on 7 of 14 shootings, while McVary had nine points and 16 boards.