Jeffs End Regular Season with 71-49 Win at Middlebury

First-year Caroline Stedman scored a career-high 11 points in the Jeffs' win.

From a Middlebury release

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. –   The Middlebury College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end against ninth-ranked Amherst, falling 71-49 at Pepin Gym.  The Jeffs, who never trailed in the contest, took a 35-18 at halftime lead and weren’t threatened in the second half.
The Panthers finish their season at 8-15 overall and 2-7 in NESCAC play. Amherst (23-1, 8-1) secured the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament, and will host seventh-seeded Colby on Saturday.

With the game knotted at four early on, Amherst went on a 12-2 run, building a 16-6 lead with 11:00 left in the half. Four different Jeffs scored during the spurt, highlighted by a pair of buckets by Sarah Leyman.  Middlebury answered, cutting the lead to five on a basket by Lauren Sanchez at the 5:21 mark.  Amherst rallied, closing out the first half on a 12-0 run, for a 35-18 lead at the break.

Middlebury played an even second half, scoring 31 points to the Jeffs' 35, but the halftime lead was too great to mount any tangible comeback. By the 11:10 mark of the second half, the Jeffs lead eventually grew to 54-28 on a lay-up by JacliDaigneault. The Amherst lead hovered around 20 points for the remainder of the game, as the season for Middlebury comes to a close.

Sanchez followed up a career-best 20 points in last night’s game with 19 to lead the Panthers. Emily Johnson scored nine points in her finale, ending her career with 977 points. Daigneault recorded her fifth straight double-double, collecting  in points (16) and rebounds (10), as Caroline Stedman added a career-high 11 points off the bench for the Jeffs. Leyman finished with a game-high 17 points as well.