Women's basketball forces overtime in tough loss to Panthers

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Colby battled back from a nine-point deficit with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Middlebury outscored the Mules by a 17-2 count in the extra session for a 64-49 victory on Friday.

Colby (10-10, 2-5) plays at Hamilton at 3 p.m. Saturday in another NESCAC game.
 

Middlebury (15-5, 5-2) jumped out to an 11-4 lead with 4:51 left in the opening quarter on a layup from Betsy Knox. The Mules chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to 12-10 on a jumper by Haley Driscoll with 51 seconds left. Kira Waldman knocked down back-to-back three-point field goals on the final two possessions for Middlebury, including a running 23-footer from the right wing as time expired for an 18-10 lead.

In the second, Waldman made another three on Middlebury’s first offensive trip for a 21-10 advantage. Colby fought back to within three (23-20) on a layup by Emily Davis at the 3:54 mark, but the Panthers rattled off the next nine points for a 12-point bulge (32-20), finished off by a bucket from Sarah Kaufman with 27 seconds remaining. Colby’s Ainsley Burns hit a jumper as the halftime horn sounded for a 10-point host lead at the break.
 

The third quarter saw Colby outscore Middlebury 8-6, taking a 38-30 lead into the fourth. The Mules were limited to 25 percent (3-12) from the floor in the third, while the Panthers shot just 18.2 percent (2-11).

Colby’s MK Caverly scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, pulling the visitors to within three (38-35) with 6:56 on the clock. The Panthers increased their lead back to nine (47-38) on a three from Kaufman with 3:37remaining, but Colby tallied the final nine points of regulation including a game-tying layup from Driscoll with 21 seconds left. The Panthers turned the ball over on the final possession of regulation, sending the game to a five-minute overtime period.

In the overtime, Davis made a layup on the Mules’ first possession, but the Panthers recorded the final 17 points. The Panthers knocked down 11-12 free throw attempts during the overtime.

Kaufman led three Panthers in double figures with 15 points to go along with three assists. Alex Huffman finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds as well as three steals, going a perfect 6-6 from the line in the overtime.
 

Caverly finished with a team-high 13 points and added a game-best five steals, while Davis recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four steals. Driscoll recorded 11 points, while McCrum handed out a game-high six assists.

Box: http://gocolbymules.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/boxscores/20170203_x2az.xml

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