NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior guard Sarah Kaufman (Boulder, Colo.) put in a floater from 14 feet away at the buzzer to lift the Middlebury College women's basketball team to a 58-56 victory at Connecticut College Saturday at Luce Field House in New London.
The Panthers improved their record to 10-2 with the victory and are a perfect 2-0 in NESCAC play. The Camels fell to 10-3 and are 1-1 in conference action.
Kaufman (Boulder, Colo.) finished with a team-best 18 points for the Panthers, shooting 7-for-14 from the field. Colleen Caveney (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds in the win. Catherine Harrison (Duxbury, Mass.) added six points, seven rebounds and three assists for the victors,
Connecticut College junior forward Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven boards, connecting on 8-of-16 shots from the field and 3-of-4 baskets on the charity stripe. Sophomore Payton Ouimette (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Camels. Senior Liz Malman (Mendham, N.J.) reached double figures with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Middlebury carried an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Camels put together an 8-2 run just before the intermission to take a 30-26 lead. Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) buried a three-ball with 54 seconds remaining. Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) followed that up with a steal and an assist on a hoop by Ouimette with 26 seconds left to vault the Camels out to their four point edge. But the Panthers pulled to within a point with four seconds left when Kira Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) dialed long distance with a trey to make it a 30-29 Camel lead at the break.
In the third quarter, the Panthers mounted a 10-0 run to open up a seven point advantage on the hosts. Kaufman penetrated the left side of the lane for a scoop and score with 6:06 to go and followed that up with a triple from the right side of the arc to cap the run with 5:16 remaining to vault the visitors out to a 41-34 advantage. Middlebury carried a 46-43 lead into the fourth quarter.
Kaufman used a screen from Harrison with 6:49 remaining regulation to bury another trey that closed out another 9-0 run for the Panthers, pushing the lead back to 53-43. However, the Camels clawed back once with the aid of an effective press to make the game close. Hynes buried a jumper with 4:12 remaining to make it a 53-49 contest. A hoop by Meg Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) followed by pair of Ouimette free throws pulled the hosts to within 55-53 with 2:22 left.
Maya Davis (Milton, Mass.) pushed the lead back to 56-53 with a free throw with 1:23 to go. Then, with 15.6 seconds left, Hynes knocked down a trey from the right side of the arc to even the game at 56.