Middlebury struggled from the floor as the Panthers (14-5) suffered a 59-37 loss to Keene State (13-7) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action when they host Colby on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., while the Owls visit Southern Maine on Saturday.
The Panthers led early when Colleen Caveney knocked down a pair of free throws for a 7-4 lead with 7:16 remaining in the first quarter. Keene State answered with a 16-2 run, taking a 20-9 advantage at the 1:33 mark. Five different players scored for the Owls during the run, as they took a 22-12 lead after the initial quarter on 10-16 (.625) shooting.
Keene State held Middlebury to 2-11 shooting from the floor in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 16-5 for a 38-17 halftime lead. An 8-0 spurt late in the quarter aided the run.
Keene State extended its lead in the third quarter, going up 44-19 on a three from Sandi Purcell at the 4:47 mark. The Panthers were unable to get things going offensively, though they held the Owls to .192 shooting in the second half.
Kira Waldman led the Panthers with 12 points, Betsy Knox scored 11, while Alex Huffman added six points, six rebounds and three steals. Catherine Harrison finished with a team-best seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Keene State's Emily McPadden led all scorers with 18 points on 6-9 shooting. Stephanie D'Annolfo scored a dozen with seven boards, while Amanda Petrow netted 11 points with seven rebounds.
The game marked the first time this season that Panthers have lost consecutive contests.