The Middlebury women's basketball team downed Hamilton (10-5, 0-2) by a score of 63-49 Saturday afternoon in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (11-3, 1-1) return to action on Tuesday with a 6:00 p.m. start at WPI.
Trailing 13-10, Middlebury went on a 6-0 spurt, sparked by a three from Alyna Baharozian to go up 16-13 with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Panthers eventually held an 18-16 lead after the first 10 minutes.
With the game tied at 21-21 in the second session, Middlebury went on a 13-4 run, holding a 34-25 advantage on a hoop from Kira Walkman with 2:08 showing on the clock. Hamilton hung tough, cutting the lead to 34-29 at the break.
Middlebury looked to extend its lead in the third quarter, but each time they did, Hamilton answered to keep the game tight. The 12-12 quarter left the hosts with a 46-41 lead heading into the final frame.
Leading 51-45 with 5:05 remaining, Waldman sparked the decisive run with a three to put her team up 54-45. The Panther defense held the Continentals to just four points the remainder of the game, as the 12-4 run made it a 63-49 final.
Waldman had a big day with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Maya Davis netted 13 points with six boards. Baharozian added 12 points in the win.
Kelcie Zarle led the hosts with 18 points, while Lia Arnold added 10 points and nine rebounds.