Middlebury Earns Road Win at Smith

Catherine Harrison scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the road win.
Catherine Harrison scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the road win.

The Middlebury women's basketball team got back on track with a 73-60 road win at Smith (10-5) on Tuesday night. The 14-2 Panthers return to action on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. NESCAC contest against Williams.

Middlebury jumped out to a 14-2 lead, before Smith cut it to eight points at 17-9 by quarter's end.

The advantage grew to a dozen (25-13) on a three from Betsy Knox at the 8:18 mark of the second quarter. The Pioneers trimmed it to eight (33-25) before another from long range by Emily Wander put the visitors ahead 36-25 at the break.

Middlebury slowly increased its lead in the third quarter, going up by as many as 16 (47-31) on a shot from behind the arc by Colleen Caveney.

Trailing 53-40 after three quarters, Smith went on a 6-0 spurt in the fourth to cut the Panther lead to 55-48 with 7:52 remaining. Middlebury made 12-14 free throws down the stretch to seal the 73-60 victory.

Knox paced the Panthers with 20 points, Catherine Harrison added 17 with 14 rebounds, while Alex Huffman scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Wander added a career-high 15 points off the bench.

Lauren Bondi had 19 points, seven assists and five steals for Smith, while Kennedy Guest-Pritchett also scored 19 points to go along with 12 boards.

Middlebury converted on 9-17 (.529) attempts from behind the arc in the win.