Women’s Basketball Clipped 83-57 by New England College in NECC Opener

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team began its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) schedule Tuesday night with its home opener, but the hosting squad was on the losing side of an 83-57 tilt with New England College at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The Pilgrims had a 29-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and padded their cushion by 11 points through the next 10 minutes. That halftime difference would nearly be the same as the final tally as NEC only outscored the Mountaineers 28-27 through the last two periods.

Southern Vermont (2-3, 0-1 NECC) is back in action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. league tilt at Dean College. New England (2-3, 1-0 NECC) is off until next Tuesday, November 27 when the Pilgrims head to Becker College for a 7:30 p.m. Conference tip-off.

Leading all scorers was SVC junior Kyra Bruesewitz (Reno, Nev.) who had 18 points along with four rebounds. Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) chalked up 12 points and a team-best seven boards while freshmen Liv Pressley (Richmondville, N.Y.) and Katie Godon (Carmel, Calif.) each had six points with three and two rebounds, respectively.

Three Pilgrims reached double figures with freshman Asia Jones (Boynton Beach, Fla.) leading the team with 15 points. Junior Haleigh Martin (Bergenfield, N.J.) registered 14 points and four assists while junior Daleia Boutwell (Dorchester, Mass.) had 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds off the bench.

Bruesewtiz tallied back-to-back baskets early in the game with a triple giving SVC the 7-4 edge, but New England responded with 11 unanswered points and never surrendered the lead after that. The Pilgrims then went on a 7-0 spurt to push the difference into double digits. Jones had eight of her points in the first quarter with six coming from downtown.

Scores were traded for a majority of the second frame, but it was an 11-3 NEC run which gave the visitors a comfortable upper hand; Jones had five points in that stretch with another triple putting her team on top 41-20. The Pilgrims went into the break with a 55-30 lead and maintained their distance through the final 20 minutes to start the league slate with a victory.