Arnold '22 close to double-double in women's basketball setback

Liz Arnold '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Liz Arnold '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Middlebury College's Kira Waldman posted 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the Panthers' 63-49 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Middlebury's Pepin Gym on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (10-5, 0-2 NESCAC) took its largest lead of four points early in the first quarter. The Continentals host Tufts University in more conference action on Friday, Jan. 17. The Jumbos are 14-0 and ranked No. 1 in both the D3hoops.com and Division III Top 25 coaches polls.

Middlebury (11-3, 1-1) owned a 44-32 advantage on the glass and went 23-for-29 at the free-throw line. Hamilton attempted just nine free throws.

Kelcie Zarle '22 paced the Continentals with 18 points and is 12th in the NESCAC in scoring with 13.2 points per game. Liz Arnold '22 was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and finished with 10 points. Arnold grabbed nine boards and is ninth in the conference with 6.9 per contest.

Maya Davis chipped in 13 points and Alyna Baharozian added 12 off the bench for the Panthers. Betsy Knox, who is fourth in the NESCAC in scoring average, ended up with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Hamilton's four-point lead was the largest for either team in the first quarter. Zarle and Davis scored nine points apiece during the opening 10 minutes, which ended with Middlebury holding an 18-16 edge.

Carly O'Hern '20 drew the Continentals even at 21-21 with a 3-pointer 2:35 into the second quarter. The Panthers scored the next six points and led the rest of the way. Middlebury enjoyed as much as a nine-point cushion late in the second and went into the break with a 34-29 advantage. Waldman scored 10 of the Panthers' 16 points in the quarter.

Middlebury's lead fluctuated between three and seven points in the third quarter and the Panthers went into the final 10 minutes with a 46-41 edge. Hamilton didn't get closer than that five-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Middlebury took its first double-digit lead at 55-45 on a free throw by Baharozian with 3:26 left and the Panthers didn't waver down the stretch.