The Middlebury defense forced 21 turnovers and blocked 15 shots en route to a 72-36 win over SUNY Potsdam (2-11) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (12-3) are off until Sunday when they host Williams in a NESCAC contest at 2:00 p.m., while the Bears will visit Geneseo on Friday.
Middlebury came out charging, taking a 17-2 lead in the game's first 7:54. Five different players scored during the run, with five coming from Colleen Caveney. The quarter closed with a 20-7 Middlebury lead, as Potsdam continued a brief run into the second quarter to make it a 20-10 game.
Trailing 27-12 with 3:55 remaining, the Bears went on an 8-1 run, cutting the lead to 28-20 on a tip-in by Keme Fofana with 1:04 left in the first half. Middlebury answered with a three from Kira Waldman as the hosts led 31-20 at the break.
The Panthers put the game out of reach with an offensive outburst to begin the second half. Middlebury scored the first 15 points in the third quarter, taking a 46-20 lead on a bucket from Rachel Collins at the 3:11 mark. Sarah Kaufman led the charge with seven points during the run.
Middlebury cruised from that point on, increasing its lead to a game-high 36 in a 72-36 final.
Waldman's career-high 16 points paced the Panthers, while she added four blocks and three assists. Kaufman scored 15 points in the victory, while Alex Huffman finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals. Betsy Knox blocked four shots, while Caveney dished out three assists and earned three blocks.
Drew Dufrane paced Potsdam with 16 points, while Fofana added six points and six rebounds.