Women's basketball edges Middlebury for first NESCAC win

Kim Goidell '13
Kim Goidell '13

Kim Goidell '13 scored a game-high 15 points and Eliza Howe '13 added 13 to lead Hamilton College to a 43-41 win against Middlebury College in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Jan. 20.

The Continentals (7-9 overall, 1-4 NESCAC) recorded their first NESCAC women's basketball victory. Hamilton was in the Liberty League for basketball from 1995 to 2011, and was independent in the sport prior to 1995.

Dani Feigin '14 chipped in eight points and Claire Hunsinger '13 grabbed a team-high eight rebounds off the bench for the Continentals. Hamilton shot 35.3 percent from the field.

The Continentals are ranked 20th in NCAA Division III in scoring defense as they allow 49.6 points per game. Hamilton limited Middlebury to 34.6 percent from the floor, and the Continentals' 17 steals helped force 24 turnovers. Olivia Pimm '14 led the way with five swipes, and Howe and Adrianna Pulford '15 were credited with four apiece.

Tracy Borsinger '13 paced the Panthers with eight points. Maddie Moreau '12 finished with seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Katie Pett '14 made five steals. Middlebury owned a 41-30 rebounding advantage.

The second half featured seven lead changes and three ties, many of them coming down the stretch. Howe put Hamilton on top for good on a layup with 1:27 left. A Panthers turnover led to a fast-break layup for Pulford and a 42-39 lead with 1:10 remaining.

The teams exchanged turnovers before Borsinger cut Middlebury's deficit to one with 30 seconds left. Howe went to the line for the Continentals and knocked down 1 of 2 with 28 seconds remaining to give Hamilton a 43-41 advantage.

The Panthers (4-11, 0-5) missed a shot to tie with 12 seconds remaining, but regained possession after a Hamilton turnover. Following a timeout with five seconds left, Middlebury had one last chance, but a shot by Scarlett Kirk '14 as time was expiring rolled off the rim.

In the first half with the game tied at 6-6, Middlebury went on an 8-0 run for a 14-6 lead at the 10:19 mark on a hoop by Katie Ritter '15. Hamilton later answered with its own 8-0 spurt behind 3-pointers by Goidell and Feigin that cut the Panther advantage to 20-19 with 2:18 remaining. Middlebury’s Laura Lowry '14 made a 3 down the stretch as the Panthers and Continentals entered the locker room in a 23-23 tie.

Hamilton travels to nationally ranked No. 24 Williams College for another NESCAC game on Sunday, Jan. 22. Middlebury hosts SUNY Plattsburgh in non-conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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