MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Four players scored in double-figures for the Wesleyan University women's basketball team but it wasn't enough as Middlebury College claimed a 77-60 victory Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Cardinals drop to 8-4 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC. The Panthers improve to 11-2 and 2-0 in league play.
Heidi Scarth '20 posted a game-high 13 points for Wesleyan on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting. She was joined by Lily Kuntz of Middlebury who also finished with 13 points off the bench.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The first quarter went back-and-forth often and featured four ties and five lead changes. A lay-up by Scarth with :09 on the clock gave the visitors an 18-16 lead but the Panthers responded as Sarah Kaufman found Kuntz for a lay-up before the clock expired.
- The second quarter was a similar story with neither team able to pull away. Once again, Scarth scored in the closing seconds to cut the deficit to two, 34-32, but a free throw from Sabrina Weeks gave Middlebury a 35-32 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Middlebury used a 6-0 run late in the third quarter to build an eight-point lead as a pair of free throws from Maya Davis gave the home team a 51-42 advantage with 3:11 on the clock. The Panthers continued to increase their lead down the stretch and a buzzer-beater by Colleen Caveney lifted the lead to 10 entering the fourth quarter.
- The momentum stayed in Middlebury's favor as the lead continued to grow. The Panthers outscored Wesleyan 21-14 in the fourth quarter en route to the 77-60 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Scarth was joined in double-figures by Tara Berger '19, Maddie Bledsoe '18, and Olivia Gorman '19. Berger and Bledsoe each scored 11 while Gorman dropped 10 points. Bledsoe added six rebounds as well and Berger grabbed five with three assists. Kadijah Mathews '18 dished out a team-high four assists and Chynna Bailey '19 led all Cardinals with seven boards.
- Davis added 12 points for Middlebury while Betsy Knox scored 10 and grabbed six rebounds. Alex Huffman led all players with eight rebounds and seven assists.
- Despite the loss, Wesleyan outshot Middlebury from the floor as the Cardinals hit 23-of-51 (45.1%) shots while the Panthers went 29-of-66 (43.9%). Middlebury held a slight 36-33 edge in rebounding but its bench outscored Wesleyan's 39-17.
- The Cardinals return to Silloway Gym next Friday, Jan. 12 and will host Hamilton at 7 p.m. The following day, they will face No. 1 Amherst at 3 p.m.