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2019-20 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL preview

The 2019-20 Middlebury women’s basketball team is eager to begin a new season under the guidance of sixth-year head coach KJ Krasco. Last winter, the Panthers tallied a 20-8 mark that saw the team earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1997-98. With a strong nucleus of its roster returning, Middlebury is poised for a successful 2019-20 campaign.

Head Coach KJ Krasco

Senior captains Maya Davis and Kira Waldman are primed to help lead the Panthers into the 2019-20 season.

Maya Davis

Davis, a two-time Second-Team All-NESCAC selection, averaged 12.3 points per game last winter, while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor, second-best in the league. Her 7.9 rebounds per contest were also second in the NESCAC, while her 82.4 free throw shooting percentage placed her fourth. She has recorded nine career double-doubles, including eight in 2018-19.

Kira Waldman

Waldman averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a season ago for the Panthers in just over 25 minutes per contest. She is a versatile guard who can defend multiple positions. Waldman recorded double-figure point totals 13 times, pulling down six or more rebounds on 13 occasions a year ago.

Sophomores Alyna Baharozian and Alana Kornaker, who each saw limited time in 2018-19, will look to become key contributors at both ends of the floor.

Betsy Knox

In the paint, seniors Betsy Knox, Lily Kuntz and Vanessa Young all return for the Panthers. Knox was a consistent presence at both ends of the floor, averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds, to go along with a team-best 38 blocked shots. She was also proficient at the free-throw line, converting 75.4 percent (49-65) of her attempts.

Lily Kuntz

Kuntz, who can play both in the paint and around the perimeter, will be relied on for her strong post defense and scoring abilities. Young will also look to find her way onto the court this season, with her outside shooting ability and presence defensively in the key.

Vanessa Young

Sophomore Michaela Sullivan returns to the Middlebury rotation after seeing action in nine contests. She will also be battling for more playing time and a bigger role in 2019-20.

Krasco and the Panthers open the schedule when they travel to Keene State on November 16 for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff. Middlebury will play 11 of its games this winter inside Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers begin NESCAC play on January 10 at home when the blue and white battle Amherst.