Women’s Basketball Downed 65-58 in Season Opener at Cobleskill

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COBLESKILL, N.Y. – ­­The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team was surpassed late in the game Thursday night as the visiting Mountaineers fell 65-58 to SUNY Cobleskill in the opening night of NCAA Division III action.

SVC pulled ahead to take a 33-32 edge into the locker room, and the Mountaineers then found themselves up by six early into the fourth quarter. The Fighting Tigers closed out the contest on a 22-9 run, however, to go on top and hold on at the charity stripe in the final minutes for the win.

Southern Vermont (0-1) is back in action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. non-conference tip at Mount Holyoke College.

The Mountaineers were led by junior Kyra Bruesewitz (Reno, Nev.) who had a game-high 25 points in addition to notching five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Sophomore Aliesha Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit double digits with 10 points, and she also had five boards and three steals. Freshman Liv Pressley (Richmondville, N.Y.) had nine points and five rebounds while senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) chalked up a team-best eight rebounds in addition to seven points.

Cobleskill grabbed a 42-32 advantage on the glass and outscored SVC 25-18 in points off turnovers.

Both sides connected from deep in the opening stanza with Southern Vermont hitting three triples while the Fighting Tigers dropped five of their own. The hosts finished the quarter with eight unanswered points to go into the break on top by four.

SVC tallied a 7-0 run through the second period and got a free throw to go with three seconds on the clock—bringing a one-point upper hand into the halftime break.

The Mountaineers then took to a 13-3 run in the third and outscored Cobleskill by five through the quarter. A Bruesewitz layup with 2:47 left in the frame gave Southern Vermont its biggest lead of the night at 48-41.

The hosts chipped away at their deficit into the fourth and made it a 51-50 difference midway through the quarter. Cobleskill would eventually go in front by four with two minutes left on the clock, but a free throw and a big-time Bruesewitz trey with 47 ticks left to go tied it up. The Fighting Tigers would score on their next possession, however, before forcing an SVC turnover. The Mountaineers were forced to foul, and Cobleskill connected at the line to walk out with the win.