Middlebury opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run to pull away from Clarkson (4-4), earning a 54-40 win over the Golden Knights in Pepin Gym. The Panthers improve to 5-1 on the season and will host Skidmore on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Clarkson returns to action at the same time when it visits Houghton.
Clarkson jumped out to a 10-6 lead behind a three from Devin Sorell at the 5:57 mark of the first quarter. Middlebury responded with a 7-0 run, sparked by a three from Lily Kuntz, taking a 13-10 lead with 3:22 left in the quarter.
Tied at 17-17 heading into the second quarter, neither team owned a lead of more than three. Just one bucket was scored in the final 4:55 of the quarter, a three from Clarkson's Raeanna Dunn that knotted the game at 26 apiece heading into the break.
A three from Colleen Caveney extended the Panther lead to five (31-26) in the third quarter, but the Golden Knights battled back to tie the game for the ninth time on a layup from Sorell. Caveney closed the scoring with 1:13 remaining, giving her team a 36-34 edge heading into the final 10 minutes.
After a pair of hoops from Catherine Harrison to start the fourth quarter, back-to-back threes from Kuntz and Rachel Collins capped the decisive 10-0 run. The spurt gave Middlebury a 46-34 lead with 6:58 remaining, as the Golden Knights never got any closer than eight. Betsy Knox went 4-4 from the line in the final minute to seal the victory.
Harrison finished with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds on 8-10 shooting from the floor. Caveney scored 14 points, dished out six assists, had five rebounds and earned three steals on the night. Collins netted seven points and two assists in 12 minutes of second-half action, while Alex Huffman finished with seven rebounds.
Stephanie Grobe paced Clarkson with 11 points and eight rebounds, Kathleen Coloney scored 10, while Madison Shea finished with eight points, seven steals and six rebounds.