Hamilton College's Caroline Barrett ’17 scored a career-high 20 points and the Continentals rallied to beat the Middlebury College Panthers 57-53 in NESCAC play at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Sunday afternoon.
The Continentals (8-10, 2-4 NESCAC) held the Panthers to two baskets over the final 2:42. Barrett hit 3-point baskets on consecutive possessions down the stretch, putting Hamilton ahead for good with 2:20 left, then giving the Continentals a 53-48 lead on her fourth 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining.
Middlebury (6-12, 1-5) pulled to within two points on a 3-point bucket by Laura Lowry ’14 with 21 seconds to go. The Panthers rebounded a missed Hamilton free throw to set up a chance to tie the game but turned the ball over. Dani Feigin ’14 converted two free throws with four seconds left to provide the final margin.
Feigin and Samantha Graber ’16 scored 11 points apiece for the Continentals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Barrett, who was making her first collegiate start, made six of her eight attempts from the floor. She drained 4 of 5 shots from long distance. Feigin collected five steals and Carly Gruenberg ’16 matched a career high with nine rebounds.
The Panthers used a 9-1 run midway through the second half to take a five-point lead – their biggest of the game – with 8:28 left. Lowry, Sarah Marcus ’14 and Rachel Crews ’15 contributed a 3-pointer during the run. A Barrett jumper and a 3-point basket by Graber pulled Hamilton even at the 5:22 mark and the teams traded leads over the next three minutes. Middlebury took its last lead on a layup by Scarlet Kirk ’14 with 2:42 to go.
Kirk led the Panthers with 12 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Marcus scored 10 points and Lowry and Kristina Conroy '14 pulled down six rebounds, helping Middlebury to a 37-29 advantage on the boards.
Hamilton jumped ahead 13-4 just four minutes in and built an 11-point lead 10:49 into the opening period. The Panthers finished the half with an 8-3 run and pulled to within 29-24 at the half.
The Continentals play their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 4, hosting Albany College of Pharmacy at 7 p.m. Middlebury visits Keene State for a 5:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.