The Middlebury women's basketball (12-10, 1-7) fell 84-70 to visiting Wesleyan (13-9, 3-5) on Sunday afternoon in Pepin Gymnasium. Both teams wrap up regular season play next weekend. The Panthers travel to Tufts on February 14th for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off, while the Cardinals entertain Colby at the same time.
Wesleyan rattled off the first 10 points of the contest with a pair of three pointers from Marina Petruzzi. The Cardinals maintained a 10-point lead for most of the opening stanza, leading 20-10 after the first quarter.
Middlebury cut the deficit to eight (22-14) at the 7:03 mark of the second quarter, but Wesleyan scored the next eight points to take a 30-14 advantage with 5:17 remaining in the half. Every time the Panthers made a run, the Cardinals answered on the other end as Wesleyan held a 41-26 lead heading into the locker room.
The Cardinal led grew to as many as 22 (57-35) during the third, before back-to-back shots from beyond the arc by Reagan McDonald cut the Middlebury deficit to 58-44 at the 2:29 mark. A pair of charity tosses from Wesleyan's Petruzzi gave the visitors a 66-50 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The visitors opened the fourth stanza with a 9-2 run capped by a jumper from Katy O'Connor at the 6:29 mark to make it 75-52. The Panthers responded with a 14-1 run over the ensuing 3:41, cutting the deficit to 76-66 with 1:12 remaining. During the span, Betsy Knox tallied six points, while Kira Waldman capped the run with back-to-back layups. The Panthers were forced to foul down the stretch, but Wesleyan was a perfect 8-8 as they cruised to the 84-70 victory.
McDonald led Middlebury with 19 points and was 5-9 from beyond the arc to record her fourth-straight game in double figures. Maya Davis and Knox each recorded 14 points for the Panthers, and tallied seven and six rebounds, respectively. Waldman grabbed a game-high 12 boards and added 10 points. Kamryn You Mak dished out four assists for Middlebury.
Maddie Clark led all players with 22 points, while Petruzzi had 20 points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan. Caleigh Ryan tallied 14 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Ava Tompkins chipped in with 11 points and led all players in assists (six) and steals (four), while grabbing five rebounds.