Connecticut College emerged with an 87-80 win over Middlebury (12-8, 1-6) in a game that featured impressive shooting on both sides Saturday afternoon in Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. game at Emmanuel, while the Camels (7-12, 2-4) visit Bates on Friday.
Both teams shot well in the first 10 minutes as the Panthers jumped out to a 16-8 lead at the 4:32 mark on a three from Reagan McDonald. Maya Davis closed the quarter with a three-point play, as the Panthers shot 64.3 percent from the floor and led 22-13 after one quarter.
Connecticut College came out strong in the second session, scoring 18 of the first 24 points to lead 31-28 on a layup from Jenna Whelan with 3:31 on the clock. The teams went back and forth for the rest of the half, heading into the intermission tied at 34-34.
The third quarter featured more hot shooting as Middlebury connected on 63.5 percent of its shots, with the Camels shooting 58.3 percent. Connecticut College opened the half with a 16-7 run, leading 50-41 at the 4:50 mark on a bucket from Dana Muckstadt. The Panthers later responded with a 7-0 spurt behind threes from Davis and Michaela Sullivan, making it a three-point deficit (52-49) with 2:21 showing. The Camels responded, taking a 63-55 advantage into the final quarter.
Trailing 67-57 with 8:14 left to play, the hosts scored seven-straight points to cut the advantage to 67-64 with 6:25 remaining. Claire Miller hit a two and a three during the run. The rest of the stanza was a back and forth battle, as each time the Panthers closed the margin, the Camels answered on the other end. Connecticut College secured the win with 6-6 free-throw shooting down the stretch.
Sullivan scored a career-high 25 points in the game on 11-15 shooting from the floor. Davis finished with 15 points on a 5-6 shooting performance to go along five assists, while Miller added a career-best 13 points. Davis surpassed the 600-career rebound mark with five in the game (604), while Betsy Knox joined the 500 club with four rebounds to give her an even 500 for her career.
Sami Ashton led all scorers with 26 points, 10 boards and six assists, going 17-20 from the free-throw line. Claire Gulbin added 24 points and eight caroms, while Ashley Howe chipped in with 11.
Middlebury shot 55.6 from the floor in the game, including a .692 effort in the fourth quarter. Connecticut College ended the contest shooting 46.7 percent, making 23-27 from the line.