Women's Basketball Goes 1-1 in First NCAA Tournament in 21 Years

Alex Huffman had eight points and eight rebounds against DeSales. (Thomas Knox)
Alex Huffman had eight points and eight rebounds against DeSales. (Thomas Knox)

The Middlebury women's basketball team tallied a 1-1 record last weekend during its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1997-98 season. The weekend’s regional was hosted by DeSales. On Friday evening, the Panthers netted a 62-54 victory over John Carroll, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. The next night, Middlebury saw its successful season come to a close, as the Panthers fell to DeSales 70-55. Middlebury capped the year with a record of 20-8, posting the most wins in a season since the 2001-02 campaign and the program's fifth 20-win season.

  • John Carroll possessed leads of 13-9 after one quarter and 30-27 at the half.
  • The Panthers outscored the Blue Streaks 22-12 in the third quarter, fueled by nine points from junior Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.), gaining a 49-42 advantage following 30 minutes of play.
  • The Blue Streaks started the final 10 minutes with a 6-0 run, but a three-pointer from senior Alex Huffman (Lynn, Mass.) with 4:06 on the clock gave the Panthers a 52-48 lead. Middlebury never allowed John Carroll to get any closer than three points at 54-51 and eased to the win.
  • Junior Kira Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) led four players in double figures with 15 points with classmate Betsy Knox (Bethesda, Md.) netting 12, while Davis and Huffman each scored 11 points and grabbed eight boards. Senior Catherine Harrison (Duxbury, Mass.) had a balanced game with four points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
  • Against DeSales, senior Colleen Caveney (Lowell, Mass.) tallied a three-point play with 4:56 left in first quarter for a 9-7 edge, but the hosts finished on a 14-2 run for a 21-10 advantage after the initial quarter.
  • The Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second stanza, before Caveney knocked down a jumper in the waning seconds to narrow the gap to single digits (36-27) at the half
  • The Panthers outscored DeSales by a 16-14 count in the third, but the hosts extended the lead back to double figures (54-44) and cruised to the 15-point victory.
  • Caveney led the Panthers with 16 points, while Knox contributed with 11 points. Davis recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards, with Huffman and Waldman each finishing with eight points.

• Women’s basketball final record: 20-8