The Panther women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling by a score of 72-65 at Colby-Sawyer (6-1) on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury (6-1) is off for finals week, returning to action at Nazareth on December 17th at 4:00 p.m.
Middlebury led 6-0 before Colby-Sawyer came back to take a one-point lead (14-13) on a bucket from Joslin Wainright at the 1:35 mark.
The Panthers trailed 18-15 heading in the second quarter, with the Chargers extending their advantage to 23-17 with 8:14 on the clock. A 5-0 spurt brought the visitors within a point before a Kira Waldman three at the 3:41 mark put her team up 29-28. Colby-Sawyer closed the half on a 6-0 run to lead 34-29 at the intermission.
The hosts scored nine of the first 11 second-half points, going up 43-31 with 8:15 on the clock on a hoop from Wainwright. The lead hovered around 10 for the rest of the frame, with Colby-Sawyer taking a 52-43 lead into the final 10 minutes.
The lead grew to 60-45 with 7:24 remaining, but the Panthers responded with a 7-0 run to cut the margin to eight (60-52). Waldman connected on a two and a three during the spurt. Middlebury closed the gap to 64-60 with 1:04 remaining, but they could get no closer as the Chargers picked up the 72-65 win.
Waldman netted a career-high 31 points for Middlebury, while also tying for a team high with seven rebounds. Reagan McDonald added eight points, with seven apiece from Maya Davis and Lily Kuntz. Davis finished with seven boards, while Ayna Baharozian had four assists.
Lexie Hamilton was one of four Chargers in double figures with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Caitlyn Boucher scored 15. Tianna Sugars netted 15 with 21 rebounds, while Kristen Donaghey scored 13 off the bench.
Colby-Sawyer held a 52-37 edge on the boards in a game that saw 56 free throws.