The Middlebury women's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 65-59 road win at Cabrini (5-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers return to action on Tuesday night when they host Sage at 7:00 p.m.
Trailing 5-2, the Panthers went on a 10-0 run at the 7:45 mark of the first quarter, behind a two and a three from Kira Waldman, to lead 12-5. Middlebury closed the quarter on a put-back from Betsy Knox to hold a 19-13 lead after 10 minutes of play.
The advantage grew to 24-15 at the 8:38 mark on a three-pointer from Maya Davis, before neither team scored for nearly three minutes. The Panthers later led 30-20, before Cabrini closed the half on a 10-0 run to leave the game knotted (30-30) at the break.
A quick 5-0 spurt in the third session gave Middlebury a 40-32 advantage on a three from Reagan McDonald at the 4:43 mark.
Leading 46-42 heading into the final quarter, the Cavaliers tied the game at 46-46 on a hoop from Ashley Tutzauer with 7:45 remaining. Cabrini went on top for the first time since early in the game when Tutzauer gave her team a 56-55 advantage with 3:01 remaining. A pair of Betsy Knox free throws regained the lead for Middlebury (60-59) with just 46 seconds left to play. Cabrini turned the ball over and was forced to foul late, but 5-6 free-throw shooting sealed the win for the Panthers.
Knox paced Middlebury with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Davis added 17 points and nine boards. Waldman scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, while McDonald netted eight off the bench.
Tutzauer paced the Cavaliers with 19, while the four other starters each netted eight points.
Middlebury held a 42-26 rebounding advantage in the contest.