Colby (5-9, 1-2) outscored Middlebury 24-11 in the fourth quarter, as the visiting Panthers (12-4, 1-2) suffered a 62-48 loss on Friday night. Middlebury returns to action at second-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. In the game, Betsy Knox became the school's all-time leader in blocked shots with 109, surpassing Catherine Harrison's total of 105 earned from 2015-19.
Middlebury moved out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of threes from Reagan McDonald. Colby answered with a 7-0 run as the first 10 minutes of play ended in a 14-14 tie.
The Mules opened the second session with a 9-0 run, leaving the hosts with a 23-16 lead with 6:30 remaining. The Panthers responded with a 7-0 spurt, making it a one-point game (24-23) with 2:17 on the clock as the game went into the halftime break tied at 26-26.
An evenly played third quarter (12-11 Colby) left the hosts with a 38-37 lead heading into the final stanza.
The Mules came out charging to start the fourth, scoring 16 of the first 18 points as the Panthers went 1-4 with three turnovers. Trailing 54-39, Middlebury cut the deficit to 10 (58-48) with 2:38 on the clock, but could get no closer in the 62-48 setback.
Knox led Middlebury with 14 points , McDonald finished with 13, while Maya Davis added 11.
Aisha Aube led all scorers with 24 points, including 10-10 from the free-throw line. Ainsley Burns added 19 points in the win. Colby held a 35-21 advantage on the boards.