Women’s Basketball Tops Mount Holyoke 65-56 for Season’s First Win

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was able to hold off the hosting Mount Holyoke College Lyons Saturday afternoon to secure a 65-56 non-conference women's basketball win at Howard Gym.

The visiting Mountaineers scored the first 20 points of the game, but that separation would dwindle over time. MHC had a surging second quarter to go into the break down just 32-27, and the Lyons eventually tied it up in the third. SVC would outscore the hosts by eight in the final 10 minutes, however, to garner some breathing room and close out the team's first win of the year.

Southern Vermont (1-1) now looks ahead to next weekend's Ramapo College Tournament with the Mountaineers first taking on St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

SVC junior Kyra Bruesewitz (Reno, Nev.) dropped a team-best 20 points while adding four steals and a pair of assists to her line. Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, and she also had six assists and four steals on the day. Junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) chalked up eight points in 12 minutes of reserve time, and freshman Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) had seven points and five rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.

Mount Holyoke took a 50-39 advantage on the glass, but Southern Vermont used its 24-18 edge in turnovers to outscore the Lyons 28-13 in points off giveaways.

The Mountaineers went on top with a Bruesewitz triple, and they quickly opened things up. While scoring 20 unanswered points, SVC connected on four-straight shots and seven out of eight as the visitors got rolling.

MHC would take the momentum in the second quarter, however, and took to a 14-2 run in the front end of the frame to chop their deficit down to 10. The Lyons added eight unanswered points to end the half down by just five.

Mount Holyoke would tie it at 34-34 with 7:15 left to go in the third quarter, but the Mountaineers responded with a 6-2 spurt to regain the upper hand. The teams traded 3-pointers late in the stanza before a Lyon layup with five seconds on the clock sent the game to the fourth with a 44-43 SVC lead.

Southern Vermont started the final frame on an 8-0 run capped by an old-fashion 3-point play by Smith. SVC pushed the difference to 58-45 with six unanswered points, but the Mountaineers weren't quite out of the woods as MHC cut it down to six with 2:29 left to go. However, Southern Vermont was efficient from the line in the final minutes to prevent the Lyons from getting any closer.