One day after tying the school mark with seven made three-point field goals, Sarah Kaufman sank a floater from 14 feet away at the buzzer to lift Middlebury (10-2, 2-0) to a 58-56 win at Connecticut College (10-3, 1-1) in Luce Field House. The Panthers return to action on Friday when they host top-ranked Tufts at 7:00 p.m.
Kaufman finished with a team-best 18 points for the Panthers, going 7-14 from the field. Colleen Caveney chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds in the win, while Betsy Knox scored eight with six boards and a pair of blocks. Catherine Harrison added six points, seven rebounds and three assists for the victors, while Alex Huffman earned nine rebounds, four assists and three thefts.
Mairead Hynes poured in a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven boards for the Camels, on 8-16 shooting from the floor. Payton Ouimette chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Liz Malman reached double figures with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Middlebury carried an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Camels put together an 8-2 run just before the intermission to take a 30-26 lead. Kylie Caouette buried a three with 54 seconds remaining. Sami Ashton followed with a steal and an assist on a hoop by Ouimette with 26 seconds left to vault the Camels out to a four-point edge. The Panthers pulled to within a point with four seconds left when Kira Waldman hit a three to make it a 30-29 Camel lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Middlebury mounted a 10-0 run to open up a seven-point advantage on the hosts. Kaufman penetrated the left side of the lane to score with 6:06 to go and followed that up with a triple from the right side of the arc to cap the run with 5:16 remaining, giving her team a 41-34 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Kaufman used a screen from Harrison with 6:49 remaining to bury another three that closed out another 9-0 run for the Panthers. The lead stood at 53-43 when the Camels battled back as Hynes buried a jumper with 4:12 remaining to make it a 53-49 contest. A hoop by Meg Corcoran, followed by pair of Ouimette free throws pulled the hosts to within 55-53 with 2:22 left.
Middlebury's Maya Davis pushed the lead back to 56-53 with a free throw with 1:23 to go. With 15.6 seconds left, Hynes knocked down a trey from the right side of the arc to even the game at 56-56 prior to Kaufman's game-winner.