Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Trinity

Michaela Sullivan recorded seven points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists.
Michaela Sullivan recorded seven points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury women's basketball team (12-7, 1-) fell 65-54 to visiting Trinity (15-4, 4-1) on Friday evening in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers are back in action on Saturday when they entertain Connecticut College at 3:00 p.m.

Middlebury jumped out to an 8-2 lead at the 4:07 mark, sparked by a two and a three from Reagan McDonald. Trinity cut the deficit to one (8-7) on a layup from Elizabeth Althoff with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but a layup by Kira Waldman extended the Panther advantage to 10-7 heading into the second stanza.

The Bantams went on a 10-0 run over the first 4:33 of the second quarter, capped by a three pointer from Devan Walsh to make it 17-10. Trailing 21-15, Middlebury's Betsy Knox converted a three-point play, bringing the Panthers within three (21-18) with 3:28 showing on the clock. Later, a free throw by Madison Stevens gave Trinity a 23-20 edge heading into the locker room.

Out of the break, Middlebury's Michaela Sullivan made a layup to cut the deficit to 23-22 at the 8:26 mark. The Bantams went on a 7-0 burst over the ensuing 2:56, increasing the advantage to 30-22. The Panthers responded with a 6-1 spurt, sparked by a shot from beyond the arc by Lily Kuntz, bringing them within three (31-28) with 4:30 showing on the clock. Later in the third, a pair of free throws from Knox knotted the game 37-37, but the Bantams scored the next six points to take a 43-37 lead heading into the final quarter.

The teams traded baskets early on, before a pair of charity tosses from Peace Kabari gave the visitors a 10-point advantage (56-46) with 4:24 to go. A three from McDonald cut the deficit to eight (60-52) with 1:55 remaining, but that was as close as Middlebury would get, as Trinity hung on for the 65-54 victory.

Davis recorded a game-high 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, while McDonald tallied 13 points. Knox grabbed a team-high 10 boards and chipped in with nine points.

Kabari led Trinity with 13 points, grabbed a game-high 12 boards and blocked three shots. Althoff had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Naia Saddler recorded 12 points and grabbed seven boards.