The Middlebury women's basketball team began its 2019-20 season with a 68-55 road win at Keene State (0-3) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers dominated the boards with a 47-25 advantage in the game. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday night with its home opener against Westfield State at 5:30 p.m.
Tied at 10-10, Middlebury went on an 8-0 run at the 3:21 mark to take an 18-10 lead on a bucket from Maya Davis, as the Panthers lead 18-16 after one quarter.
Middlebury held a 26-21 advantage in the second quarter, before a 7-0 spurt put them up at dozen at 33-21 with 1:45 left in the half. Kira Waldman sunk and two and a three during the run. A three pointer from Keene's Katie Martineau broke up the spurt, before the Panthers answered with the final seven points of the half for a 40-24 lead at the break.
The lead grew to as many as 22 (47-25) in the third quarter, with Keene chipping away to trail by 13 (51-38) with 2:10 remaining. The Panthers scored seven of the final 10 points, taking a 58-41 lead into the final 10 minutes.
A 6-0 spurt by the Owls cut the lead to 60-52 in the fourth quarter, but Alyna Baharozian answered to make it a 10-point game with 4:22 to go. Keene climbed back to within seven (62-55), but the Panthers made 6-6 free throws down the stretch to emerge with the 68-55 win.
Betsy Knox led the Panthers with 15 points on 7-9 shooting, while Davis scored 14, going 8-10 from the free throw line. Bahorozian netted 12 in the win with three steals, while Waldman chipped in with 10, to go along with three blocks. Davis, Waldman and Knox each grabbed seven rebounds in the game. Gianna Palli dished out five assists and picked up four rebounds in the contest.
Hailey Derosia led all scorers with 17 points, while Martineau added 11 for Keene State.