Middlebury outscored visiting Williams by a 32-10 count in Saturday's second quarter on its way to a 76-62 win Saturday in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (15-2, 4-1) return to action on Tuesday when they host Clarkson at 6:00 p.m., while the Ephs (8-9, 2-3) visit Smith on the same day.
Following a three-point field goal on the Ephs' initial possession, the Panthers rattled off an 11-1 run for an 11-4 edge on a layup by Alex Huffman with 5:47 left in the first quarter. Williams chipped away at the deficit, tying the score at 17-17 on a jumper by Emily Peckham in the waning seconds of the stanza.
In the second frame with the Ephs leading 20-19 early on, the Panthers put together a 16-0 run spanning 3:42 for a 35-20 advantage on a three from Huffman with 5:14 remaining. The hosts slowly increased their lead over the remaining minutes, securing the largest lead of the half at 49-27 on a layup from Catherine Harrison in the final seconds. During the second quarter, the Panthers knocked down 66.7 percent of their shots from the floor (12-18), including a perfect 6-6 from three-point range.
Out of the halftime break, Middlebury grabbed its biggest advantage of 59-35 on a layup from Colleen Caveney with 5:16 showing on the clock. The Ephs chipped away at the deficit with a 12-2 run, pulling to within 61-47 on a basket by Gabby Martin, before a three from Huffman gave the hosts a 17-point lead after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Williams sliced the Panther advantage to 68-57 on a layup by Lauren Vostal with 4:12 left. Middlebury tallied the next five points and cruised to the 76-62 victory.
Caveney led four Panthers in double figures with 17 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor to go along with four assists, while Harrison scored 15 and added five rebounds. Kira Waldman tallied 14 points and eight rebounds, while Huffman finished 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Betsy Knox had a nice all-around game of nine points, eight boards and a team-best four blocked shots.
Vostal paced the Ephs with 15 points and a game-high four steals, while Lexi Jones added 13 points. Emily Chang added nine points, while Katie Brule added eight points. Peckham pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go along with five points.
Middlebury shot 57.7 percent (30-52) from the floor in the win, while holding the Ephs to just 34.9 percent (22-63).