Middlebury struggled from long range as the Panthers (17-3, 4-2) fell by a score of 59-55 at Trinity (16-4, 3-3) on Sunday afternoon. Middlebury returns to action on Friday night when it entertains top-ranked Bowdoin at 7:00 p.m.
Courtney Erickson scored six early points in the first quarter to help the Bantams to a 21-15 lead after one. Both sides played a back-and-forth first half before Trinity took an 18-13 lead on an old-fashioned three-point play by Kaylen Campbell. Middlebury cut the deficit back to three on a layup by Colleen Caveney, before Morin answered with a triple with 42 seconds left to make it 21-15.
The Bantams took a 24-15 lead with 8:50 to play before the half on a three-pointer by Erin Cunningham for their largest advantage of the game. Middlebury eventually cut the deficit to five at the half, 32-27.
The Bantams enjoyed a lead for a majority of the third quarter, but the Panthers refused to back down. A jumper by Caveney with 2:03 showing made it a 40-38 lead in Trinity's favor before a three-point play by Maya Davis gave the visitors a 44-42 lead with under a minute to go in the third. Becky Reifler answered with a three-point play of her own to take back the lead before converting a layup with 14 seconds left to put the hosts ahead, 47-44, after three quarters of play.
The Panthers made it a one-point game, 54-53, with 2:13 left on a made jumper by Betsy Knox. Middlebury later had a couple of chances to tie the game with three-point attempts, but was unable to get one to fall. The Bantams knocked down their free throws late to seal the win.
Alex Huffman led Middlebury with 19 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Davis scored 10, while Caveney netted nine with four steals. Kira Waldman added seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the game.
Cunningham scored 16 to pace Trinity, while Erickson scored 10 and Allie Morin added nine.
Middlebury shot 3-20 (.150) from behind the arc in the game and went to the line just three times, scoring twice.