Women's Basketball Thumps Shenandoah to Capture Tourney

Women's Basketball Thumps Shenandoah to Capture Tourney

Middlebury shot 8-19 (.421) from behind the arc on its way to a 74-39 thumping of Shenandoah (2-1) to capture the Rose City Tip-Off Classic hosted by Drew. The Panthers (2-0) return to action on Tuesday, when they host Johnson State in their home-opener at 7:30 p.m.

Middlebury came out strong, jumping out to a 14-2 lead in the game's first 4:43 of play. Catherine Harrison scored eight points on 4-4 shooting during the run.

Leading 17-7 after one quarter, the Panthers went on a 14-2 run early in the second, sparked by a three from Sarah Kaufman as the margin extended to 33-11.

Middlebury took a 37-15 lead into the break before opening the second half with threes from Colleen Caveney and two from Kaufman, as the advantage ballooned to 43-15 at the 7:53 mark.

The lead hovered around 30 for the remainder of the quarter as the Panthers slowly extended their advantage in a 17-12 fourth quarter.

Kaufman finished with 15 points on 6-9 shooting, to go along with five assists to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Harrison earned a spot on the all-tournament team with 10 points on 5-7 shooting in the title game. Caveney finished with 11 points, while Alex Huffman grabbed seven boards and had three steals. Rachel Collins and Betsy Knox each scored 10 points off the bench, while Lily Kuntz grabbed seven boards for the Panthers.

Kirstyn Arcata led Shenandoah with nine points, while Erin French and Mary Severin each added six.

Middlebury shot 52.7 percent from the floor and held a huge 40-14 rebounding advantage.