Women’s Basketball Firing on All Cylinders

By LAUREN BOYD

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Emily Wander ’21 breezes past a Springfield defender, preparing for a layup, at the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team started off their season with three decisive wins against Lasell, Springfield and Castleton, as they outscored their opponents 218 to 130. Moving forward, the Panthers are creating a formula for success, which they hope to improve upon as they advance in their season.

The Panthers’ offensive success can be attributed to their roster’s depth. For the first three games, all of the players had a hand in executing plays, raking in offensive power from across the team, and gelling well as a unit.

“We’ve done a great job so far of working the ball around offensively so that every player’s a threat, which is great with a bench as deep as ours,” senior guard Colleen Caveney said. Caveney dropped 16 points in the team’s most recent win at Castleton, amassing 37 points in just three games.

The Panthers beat both of their competitors in the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Middlebury on Nov. 16-17. Against Lasell, Middlebury posted 50 points in the paint, while amassing 60 rebounds. The blue and white eventually defeated Lasell 81-43 for their first win of the season. The Panthers proceeded to score 63 points against Springfield, with 28 of these points being scored off of the bench. The final score was 63-57.

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Kira Waldman ’20 looks to attack the net. The Panthers won the game 63-57 against Springfield.

A few days later at Castleton, Middlebury came out on top 74-30. Notably, the defense forced 14 turnovers, and then managed to accumulate 22 points off of those turnovers.

In addition to producing an effective offensive attack throughout all three games, the Panthers were able to keep a sturdy defense, allowing a total of just 130 points. Once the season hits its stride, the Panthers will be ready to face strong competition within and beyond the NESCAC.

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Maya Davis ’20 demonstrates excellent ball security.

“Our defensive intensity and aggressive transition offense has brought us three wins, and we’re looking forward to playing some more teams that will challenge our capabilities under pressure,” Caveney said.

On Thursday, the Panthers will be competing against MCLA, hoping to continue their successful start to the season.

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