Middlebury Edges Clarkson in Non-Conference Play

Maya Davis finished with eight points and six rebounds in Sunday's win.
Maya Davis finished with eight points and six rebounds in Sunday's win.

The Middlebury women's basketball team scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and held off a late comeback attempt by host Clarkson (3-2), earning a 53-49 win over the Golden Knights in Alumni Gymnasium. The Panthers remain unbeaten for the season at 4-0 and will host Rensselaer on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in their home opener.

Tied at 15-15 after one quarter, the Panthers found some offensive rhythm in the second, scoring 12 of the first 13 points, as Emily Wander capped the run with a 15-foot jumper at the 4:19 mark. A basket by Raeanna Dunn on Clarkson's ensuing possession snapped an 0-8 streak from the field to start the stanza, pulling the hosts back to within single digits (27-18). A pair of free throws from Dunn with 1:40 left got the Green and Gold to within seven (29-22), but a layup by Middlebury's Catherine Harrison in the final minute pushed the margin back to nine (31-22) at the half.

Out of the break, Kira Waldman gave Middlebury an 11-point lead (37-26) on a three-point field goal with 5:57 on the clock. The Golden Knights responded with a 13-2 run of their own over nearly the next four minutes, cutting the deficit to just two (39-37) on a three from Dunn with 1:56 left. Three pointers from Sabrina Weeks for Middlebury and Clarkson's Devin Sorell kept the Panthers' two-point edge (42-40) headed to the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the score remained close as both teams struggled to find the shooting touch. A jumper from Sarah Kaufman, free throw by Colleen Caveney and a pair of charity tosses from Maya Davis gave the Panthers a 47-40 lead with 6:13 left. Clarkson moved to within one at 47-46 on a free throw from Hannah Earl with 3:39 remaining. Down by 51-48 with 15 seconds left, Clarkson's Molly Stewart got a good look at a game-tying shot, but Alex Huffman secured the rebound for the visitors and the Panthers held on for the win.

Davis and Harrison led a balanced scoring output with eight points apiece, while Huffman and Weeks each had seven. Waldman chipped in with six points on two threes, while Harrison pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Huffman added nine rebounds and a team-best four assists for the Panthers.

Shea paced Clarkson with game-highs of 15 points and seven assists to go along with nine rebounds. Sorell scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Middlebury held a 53-36 rebounding edge and limited Clarkson to just 23.7 percent shooting from the floor (14-59), including 2-16 in the fourth quarter, and 25 percent (8-32) in the game from three-point range.