Middlebury dropped its final contest of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling at Bates (13-11, 4-6) by a score of 71-67 in overtime. Maya Davis scored a career-high 26 points in the game, becoming just the 10th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau (1,006). The Panthers finish their season with a 12-12 mark.
Trailing 19-13 in the first quarter, Middlebury went on a 7-0 run, including a three by Claire Miller, making it a 20-19 game at the 2:12 mark. Bates responded with a 5-0 spurt and led 24-20 after the first 10 minutes of play.
Tied at 24-24, the hosts went on an 8-0 run behind a pair of threes with 3:58 on the clock. The advantage grew to as many as 10 before Bates claimed a 36-28 lead into the break.
Middlebury scored seven of the final nine points in the third quarter, cutting the margin to 45-42 with 10 minutes to play.
The final stanza was a back-and-forth battle, tied at 61-61 with 1:13 remaining. Each team had two chances to move ahead in the final minute, but neither could convert, forcing the game into overtime.
Tied at 67-67 in the extra session, Julia Middlebrook put the Bobcats on top by a pair with 47 seconds remaining. The Panthers could not convert a pair of free throws, but Bates missed from the floor on the other end of the court. Following a timeout, Middlebury had possession down by two with nine seconds left, but turned the ball over and suffered a 71-67 loss after a pair of made free throws.
Davis' 26-point effort was aided by 9-10 free-throw shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds. Betsy Knox earned her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds as well as five assists. Miller finished with 11 points and six boards in the game. Kira Waldman scored six points and grabbed six boards in her 100th-career game.
Mia Roy led bates with 19 points, Meghan Graff added 18 points and eight assists, while Middlebrook chipped in with 11.