The Middlebury women's basketball team held Colby scoreless for the final 4:38 of the game, as the Panthers (16-6, 5-3) picked up a 55-48 road win over the Mules (9-12, 3-5) on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury returns to action on Friday when it hosts Hamilton at 7:00 p.m.
Colby held a slim 11-8 lead after one quarter, with the Panthers going on top 17-14 on a layup from Sabrina Weeks at the 6:38 mark of the second session. Colby responded with an 11-2 run, taking a 25-19 advantage on a basket by Katie McCrum with 2:22 remaining. The lead grew to seven at the half, as the Mules took a 30-23 advantage into the intermission.
Middlebury slowly chipped away at the margin in the third quarter, cutting it to one at 36-35 on a layup from Maya Davis with 2:49 remaining.
Colby took a 40-37 lead into the fourth quarter, increasing the margin to 48-43 on a three-pointer from McCrum with 4:38 remaining. Unfortunately for the Mules, those would be their final points of the game as the Panther defense held them to 0-5 shooting, while forcing three turnovers.
A three from Weeks started the game-ending 12-0 run that saw four different players score. The Panthers made 4-4 free throws in the final 22 seconds to secure the 55-48 win.
Weeks and Davis each scored 13 to pace the Panthers, while Betsy Knox tallied nine off the bench. Alex Huffman pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, Weeks grabbed eight, while Colleen Caveney dished out five assists.
McCrum led all scorers with 18 points, Ainsley Burns scored 12, while Haley Driscoll chipped in with 10 for Colby.