MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Lasell College women's basketball team ran into some tough competition Friday evening as the Lasers fell to Middlebury College, 81-43, in Pepin Gymnasium in the Middlebury Tip-Off Classic.
Sixth-ranked Tufts defeated Springfield by an 89-51 count in the night's first game. Middlebury (1-0) will face Springfield at 4:00 p.m. Saturday on the second day of the tournament, while the Lasers (1-1) play the Jumbos at 2:00 p.m.
The hosts scored the first six points of the contest, but Lasell cut the deficit to 8-5 with 6:26 left on a layup from Ortiz. Middlebury ended the opening quarter with a 15-3 run, grabbing a 23-8 edge on a jumper from Ivy Houde with 47 seconds left.
In the second stanza, Lasell chipped away at the lead, moving to within 29-18 on a three-point field goal by Muir with 6:22 showing on the clock. The Panthers tallied the next six points on three layups by Kira Waldman. After the visitors pulled to within 35-21 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Ortiz with 4:29 left, Middlebury ended the quarter on a 6-1 run for a 41-22 halftime edge.
Out of the halftime break, the Panthers slowly increased their lead to as many as 25 (59-34) on a free throw by Betsy Knox with 1:10 left in the quarter. The final stanza saw the Panthers maintain their double-digit lead, cruising to the 81-43 victory.
(Courtesy of Middlebury Athletic Communications)
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