Middlebury 69 Tufts 67

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Middlebury (15-6, 4-4)   32   37   =   69
Tufts (12-8, 2-5)   31   36   =   67

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MEDFORD – Sophomore forward Kristin Hanley (Seattle, WA) scored 11 of her team-high 20 points in the final 3:36 to help the visiting Middlebury College Panthers post a 69-67 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

Middlebury erased a 10-point second-half deficit to earn the win. The host Jumbos led, 52-42, following a basket by sophomore center Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) with 10:17 to play in the second half. During the next seven minutes, the Panthers out-scored Tufts, 17-5, and took a 59-57 lead when Hanley banked in a three-pointer with 3:36 remaining. After a basket by Tufts junior Katie Kehrberger (Waldwick, NJ) tied the game at 59-59, two free throws by Hanley at 3:04 gave Middlebury the lead for good. She added another basket and four more free throws down the stretch.

Tufts had a chance to send the game to overtime. Sophomore guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA) connected on a three-pointer from the corner with 24 seconds left to pull Tufts within 67-64. Middlebury then turned the ball over, but Kehrberger missed a three-pointer that would have tied it with six seconds to go.

Trailing 32-31 at halftime, Tufts scored 11 of the first 13 points in the second half to lead 42-34 on a basket by sophomore guard Erin Harrington (Fall River, MA) at 16:24. Middlebury junior Megan McCosker (Lafayette, CA), who missed most of the first half after injuring her ankle, helped the Panthers keep it close with three three-pointers. She canned back-to-back threes that cut the margin to 52-48 with 8:49 remaining.

Hanley added 10 rebounds to her 20 points. Senior guard Riann Siciak (Bernardston, MA) added 14 points and four steals for Middlebury. Tufts was led by 22 points and seven rebounds from Goodman, the leading scorer in the NESCAC. She had 13 in the first half.

Middlebury improved to 15-6 overall and 4-4 in NESCAC with the win. Tufts dropped to 12-8 and 2-5.