Women’s Basketball Posts 1-1 Mark During Road NESCAC Contests

Kira Waldman finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Kira Waldman finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team went 1-1 last weekend in NESCAC road play. The Panthers started the slate with a 58-55 victory at Hamilton. The next afternoon, fourth-ranked Amherst went on a big third quarter run, opening up some breathing room on its way to a 72-62 win. The Panthers will play a NESCAC Quarterfinal round contest Saturday at Trinity.

  • Trailing 25-19 with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter, Middlebury went on a 9-0 run to end the frame, taking a 28-25 lead into the halftime break.
  • Hamilton held a one-point lead at 49-48 when Middlebury scored the next six points, taking a 54-49 lead with 2:25 remaining. The Continentals had a pair of three-point attempts to tie the game late, but 4-4 free throw shooting in the final 22 seconds secured the win for the visitors.
  • Junior Kira Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) finished the game with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while senior Colleen Caveney (Lowell, Mass.) netted 10 with three steals. Classmate Catherine Harrison (Duxbury, Mass.) scored eight points and earned eight boards, while junior Betsy Knox (Bethesda, Md.) scored eight with three blocks.
  • The tight game featured six ties and 11 lead changes, as Middlebury held a 41-32 edge on the boards. The Panthers outscored the Continentals 12-5 on the free throw line and overcame 0-11 shooting from behind the arc.
  • Trailing 9-6 in Saturday’s first quarter at Amherst, Middlebury scored the final 11 points in a 4:41 span, holding a 17-9 lead after 10 minutes.
  • The Panthers led by as many as 11 twice in the second stanza, before a 9-2 burst brought Amherst back to within two (24-22) with 4:12 on the clock. The game went back and forth with three ties, as the Panthers took a 32-31 lead into the halftime break.
  • The Mammoths slowly increased the lead in the third quarter, before closing the session by scoring 10 of the final 12 points for a 57-44 advantage.
  • Caveney finished with 14 points for Middlebury, while Waldman scored 11 and junior Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.) netted 10. Knox netted 10 points with nine rebounds, while Harrison scored eight points with eight boards.

• Women’s basketball record: 18-6
• Up next: 2/16 at Trinity (NESCAC Quarterfinals)