The Middlebury women's basketball team outscored host Colby-Sawyer by a 10-3 count in overtime, including the final seven tallies, earning a 66-59 win on Friday at the David L. Coffin Fieldhouse. The Panthers remain undefeated at 6-0 and return to action on Tuesday when they host Plattsburgh State at 5:30 p.m.
Ahead by an 11-8 score in the opening quarter, Colby-Sawyer (3-1) tallied seven of the last nine points for an 18-10 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the Chargers gained their largest lead of the contest at 13 (25-12) with 7:08 left on a layup by Mackenzie Buzzell. The Panthers put together a 15-4 run over the remainder of the half, cutting the deficit to just a pair (29-27) with 23 seconds left on a Colleen Caveney layup.
The two teams traded leads in the third quarter, with neither side possessing larger than a four-point edge.
In the fourth quarter while clinging to a two-point edge (44-42) with just under eight minutes left, a jumper from Sarah Kaufman and a three from Maya Davis gave the Panthers a seven-point advantage. Colby-Sawyer clawed its way back to 53-50 with 3:11 left to play in regulation on a Lexie Hamilton layup, but baskets from Colby-Sawyer's Emmani Robinson and Buzzell sandwiched around a Caveney free throw tied the score at 54-54 with 1:26 to play. Middlebury took a two-point lead (56-54) seconds later after a layup from Maya Davis.
The Panthers held possession as the clock went under 20 seconds, but were forced to put up a three-point attempt as the shot clock was expiring. The shot attempt bounced off the rim to Colby-Sawyer's Tianna Sugars to give the home team a chance in the final seconds. Sugars curled off a screen and hit a close range jump shot off the glass to tie score with 0.9 seconds showing on the fourth-quarter clock. After timeouts by each team, Middlebury advanced the ball and inbounded, but the Panthers couldn't manage a quality attempt, sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime, Middlebury received a trey from Betsy Knox on its opening possession, while Buzzell answered with a three on the ensuing Chargers' trip down the floor. After a Middlebury free throw gave the visitors a 60-59 lead, Alex Huffman knocked down a shot from beyond the arc for a 63-59 cushion. The visitors added three more points in the final 32 seconds to come away with the 66-59 overtime victory.
Davis paced Middlebury with career-high totals of 14 points and 14 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, while Knox tacked on 13 points and Huffman finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Kaufman concluded her night with 10 points off the bench, pulling down five rebounds for the visitors.
Hamilton led the Chargers with a game-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and a game-best six assists, while Sugars posted a double-double consisting of 16 points and 11 boards in addition to four blocked shots. Buzzell was also in double figures with 12 points off the bench for Colby-Sawyer.