The Middlebury women's basketball team suffered a 59-50 road loss at Williams (14-5, 3-2) in the team's only game of the week. The Panthers (12-6, 1-4) return to action next Friday when they host Trinity at 7:00 p.m.
The hosts came out charging in the first quarter, holding Middlebury to just three points as the Ephs took a 16-3 lead with 2:30 remaining. The Panthers responded, but the Ephs held an 18-7 advantage after one quarter of play.
Trailing 23-11 with 7:14 on the clock in the second quarter, Middlebury went on a big run of its own, scoring 17 of the game's next 19 points to hold a 28-25 edge on a jumper from Betsy Knox at the 1:31 mark. Maya Davis hit a two and a three during the span, while Knox netted six points.
Williams scored the first 10 points of the third session, holding a 39-30 lead on a three from Maggie Meehan at the 6:40 mark. The visitors chipped away, making it a two-point game (43-41) on a bucket from Waldman with 39 seconds showing. Williams added a late hoop and took a 45-41 edge into the final quarter.
The hosts extended the margin with a brief 6-0 spurt to go up 51-43, but the Panthers answered with four points, making it a 51-47 game with 3:45 remaining. Williams outscored Middlebury 8-3 over the final 2:33, securing the 59-50 victory.
Waldman led Middlebury with 15 points and five assists, while Reagan McDonald scored 10. Davis earned her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Mikaela Topped led all scorers with 18 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Meehan added 11, while Katie Brule scored 10 with a team-high nine rebounds.