The Middlebury women's basketball team saw a five-game winning streak snapped, suffering a 64-48 non-conference road loss at Smith (8-3) on Tuesday. The host Pioneers outscored the Panthers (8-2) by a 17-4 tally in the decisive second quarter. Middlebury returns to action when it opens NESCAC play on the road Friday at Wesleyan starting at 7:00 p.m.
Smith jumped out to an 8-4 lead with 2:24 left in the opening quarter on a free throw from Jade Chihara, but baskets from Catherine Harrison, Sarah Kaufman and Kira Waldman helped Middlebury tie the hosts at 10-10 after one stanza.
After the Panthers scored four of the initial six points in the second quarter on jumpers by Harrison and Kaufman, Smith recorded the final 15 points of the quarter. Erin Hanley had two baskets and a free throw during the run for the Pioneers, while Meghan Holland recorded two jumpers.
After the break, the guests cut the lead to 12 (31-19) on a three-point field goal from Colleen Caveney with 7:28 left. Smith answered with an 8-2 run over the next 3:16 of play, capped off by a Holland jumper, for a 39-21 advantage with 4:12 on the clock. The lead fluctuated between 16 and 18 points over the remainder of the quarter.
In the fourth, a jumper by Caveney sliced the deficit to 13 (45-32) with 8:22 left. Smith scored 14 of the game's next 20 points to seal the victory.
Caveney had 15 points on 7-15 shooting for Middlebury, while Waldman also recorded a career-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds in the contest. Harrison had eight points and five rebounds for the Panthers, while Maya Davis pulled down a team-best six rebounds and Lily Kuntz added five.
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett paced Smith with game-high totals of 16 points and eight rebounds. Hanley was the other Pioneer in double figures with 10 points, while Stephanie Foukaris had eight points and Samantha Alakai tallied seven points and six rebounds.