Middlebury held off a late surge by in-state foe Johnson State as the Panthers moved to 3-0 on the year with a 57-52 road victory on Tuesday evening. The Badgers (1-4) cut the Panther lead to just two with 44 seconds left, but a layup and 3-4 free throws iced the win for the Panthers. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday, December 5 at Skidmore with a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.
Both teams came out slow to start the opening period only scoring a combined 23 points. With the period tied at 5-5, Middlebury's Colleen Caveney scored all five points during a 5-0 run over a span of 4:28 on a pair of layups and a free throw for a 10-5 advantage. The Panthers maintained that edge at 14-9 after one period.
In the second period, Middlebury scored nine of the first 13 points, grabbing its largest lead of the opening half at 10 (23-13) on a jumper by Rachel Collins with 4:23 left in the session. Johnson State chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to five at 26-21 on a free throw by Amanda Bednarick with 17 ticks left in the half.
Out of the halftime break, the Badgers rattled off an 8-1 run capped off by a Domonique Carter-Stanley layup, giving the hosts a 29-27 lead with 5:16 left. The Panthers responded with an 8-2 run of their own over the next 2:09 highlighted by a pair of layups from Catherine Harrison for a 35-31 advantage with 1:42 left in the period. Johnson State's Brooke Williams knocked down a three-point field goal for the hosts, as Middlebury took a narrow one-point edge (35-34) into the final 10 minutes.
The Panthers recorded the final period's initial seven points, including back-to-back layups from Sarah Kaufman as well as a layup and free throw by Alex Huffman, for an eight-point lead at 42-34 with 7:28 left in regulation. Johnson State continued to chip away at the Panther lead, cutting it to a pair (52-50) with 44 seconds remaining, but a layup from Harrison, a free throw by Eileen Daley and a pair of charity tosses from Kaufman with a second left iced the win.
Kaufman led all scorers with 18 points to go along with five rebounds, while Harrison also finished in double figures scoring 12 points, pulling down seven boards and adding a pair of blocked shots. Daley recorded a career-high total of 13 rebounds to go with five points, while Huffman chipped in with an all-around game consisting of nine points, four rebounds and three assists.
Sarah Voorhis led Johnson State with 17 points in just 15 minutes, while Carter-Stanley recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Menard finished with 10 points, and Kasey DeGreenia added a team-best 11 rebounds as well as four points.