Second-Quarter Run Lifts Panther Women Past Colby-Sawyer

Rachel Collins chipped in with 10 points off the bench during Tuesday's victory.
Rachel Collins chipped in with 10 points off the bench during Tuesday's victory.

Middlebury utilized an 18-5 run during the second quarter en route to a 65-44 victory Tuesday evening over visiting Colby-Sawyer in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (4-1) return to the court Wednesday when they host Clarkson at 6:00 p.m., while the Chargers see their four-game winning streak snapped and will entertain Husson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer quickly jumped out to a 5-2 edge with 8:29 remaining on a layup from Ally Mignault and a three-point field goal from Lexi Iannone. The Panthers rattled off an 11-2 run over the ensuing 5:57 of play, capped off on a pair of free throws from Betsy Knox, for a 13-7 lead with 2:32 left. Colleen Caveney had five points during the spurt for the Panthers. The hosts took a 15-10 lead as the first-quarter buzzer sounded on a baseline jumper from Sarah Kaufman.

In the second quarter, Mignault scored on a fast break layup just under a minute into the stanza to cut the Panther lead to three at 15-12. Middlebury tallied the next six points on layups from Alex Huffman, Catherine Harrison and Caveney for a nine-point lead (21-12) at the 6:20 mark.

After a jumper by Colby-Sawyer's Lexie Hamilton brought the Chargers to within seven at 21-14, the Panthers tallied the next six points on three-point field goals from Caveney and Rachel Collins. The lead grew to 16 (33-17) on a layup from Lily Kuntz with 29 seconds left, before Colby-Sawyer's Tianna Sugars knocked down a jumper for a 33-19 Panther edge at halftime.

Out of the break, the Chargers scored the first five points of the third quarter on a layup from Mignault and a three by Iannone, cutting the advantage to nine at 33-24. Middlebury quickly tallied the game's next seven points, pushing its lead to 16 (40-24) on a layup from Harrison with 5:50 left.

The Panthers maintained a double-digit lead over the remainder of the contest, increasing the advantage to as many as 23 (58-35) on a layup from Caveney with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Caveney paced a balanced Middlebury attack with a season-best 18 points on 7-13 shooting, while Knox was also in double figures with 17 and Collins chipped in with 10. Harrison just missed a double-double with eight points and tied Knox for game-high honors with eight rebounds. Kuntz tallied eight points and five rebounds off the bench in 21 minutes, while Huffman had a nice all-around game of six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Sugars led the Chargers with 13 points to go with seven rebounds, while Mignault finished with eight. Emmani Robinson pulled down seven rebounds for Colby-Sawyer.

The Panther defense limited the Chargers to 28.6 percent shooting (18-63) for the game, including just 3-17 from beyond the three-point arc.