Women’s Basketball Edged 54-51 at Newbury

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was overtaken in the late stages of a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball contest against Newbury College Saturday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 54-51 at Hellenic College's Pappas Gymnasium.

Southern Vermont led by as many as 12 midway through the third quarter and never trailed until there was 2:22 left in regulation. After going into halftime down 29-24, the Nighthawks tied the Mountaineers in the third frame before outscoring SVC by eight in the final 10 minutes of action.

The Mountaineers (3-5, 1-3 NECC) now turn to their final three non-conference games of the year—the first being a 12 p.m. tilt at Fitchburg State University next Saturday, December 8.

SVC senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) led the team with 17 points, and she also pulled down a game-best 18 rebounds. Freshman Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) each registered season-highs with 13 and 10 points, respectively, with Ryan adding five rebounds and two assists to her line.

Southern Vermont snagged a 43-38 advantage in rebounds, but NC had a 16-10 edge on the offensive boards to outscore the Mountaineers 15-6 in second-chance points. SVC shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the floor while holding Newbury to a 31.8 field goal percentage (21-66) which included a 0-12 clip from 3-point range.

Ryan drilled a triple early on, and Main completed an and-1 play to help SVC open the game on a 10-2 run. NC would end the first quarter on a 10-3 run, however, to get within one.

The Mountaineers pushed the separation up to six a few times in the second frame, but the Nighthawks had an answer on each occasion to prevent Southern Vermont from pulling away. Ryan had nine of her points in the stanza with a layup in the final minute helping SVC go into the break on top 29-24.

The visitors started the second half with momentum and poured in nine-straight points—five coming off of Main's hand while the other four were provided by Mallett. Newbury responded, however, and finished the period with a 9-2 run which cut the deficit back to five.

Southern Vermont was able to hold off the Nighthawks through most of the fourth quarter, but the hosts finally got into the driver's seat in the final minutes. A layup with 3:02 on the clock made it just a 51-50 Mountaineer edge, and two good shots from the free throw line just 40 seconds later put NC on top for the first time all day.

The Nighthawks were able to force a turnover on SVC's next three possessions, and two more baskets from the charity stripe made it to a 54-51 ballgame with 10 ticks left. Southern Vermont was unable to get a good look for a tying attempt as NC concluded the triumph.