Middlebury improved to 18-5 on the season with a 58-55 road win at Hamilton (10-10, 0-8) on Friday night. The Panthers move to 5-4 in the NESCAC and will wrap up their regular season on Saturday at Amherst with a 3:00 p.m. start.
Hamilton jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Panthers answered with a six-point run of their own, tying the game at the 7:21 mark. Middlebury later led 12-8 before the hosts closed the quarter on a 9-0 run for a 17-14 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
Trailing 25-19 with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter, Middlebury went on a 9-0 run to end the quarter, taking a 28-25 lead into the halftime break. Betsy Knox scored four points and Kira Waldman converted a three-point play during the spurt.
A back-and-forth third quarter saw the game tied for the fifth time late at 40-40, before Hamilton scored a pair of buckets to go up 44-40. Two free throws by Middlebury's Emily Wander cut the gap to a pair heading into the final quarter.
Hamilton held a one-point lead at 49-48 when Middlebury scored the next six points, taking a 54-49 lead with 2:25 remaining. The Continentals had a pair of three-point attempts to tie the game late, but 4-4 free throw shooting in the final 22 seconds secured the win for the visitors.
Waldman finished the game with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Colleen Caveney netted 10 with three steals. Catherine Harrison scored eight points and earned eight boards, while Knox scored eight with three blocks.
Marie Steiner scored 13 points and dished out five assists for the hosts, Carly O'Hern scored 10, while Halie Serbent pulled down eight boards.
The tight game featured six ties and 11 lead changes, as Middlebury held a 41-32 edge on the boards. The Panthers outscored the Continentals 12-5 on the free throw line and overcame 0-11 shooting from behind the arc. Middlebury is now 9-2 on the road this season.