Women’s Basketball Returns to Action With 68-37 Loss at MCLA

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team played its first game of 2019 Wednesday night at Amsler Campus Center Gym—being downed 68-37 by Mass. College of Liberal Arts in non-conference action.

The Mountaineers fell into an early hole they couldn't climb out of as MCLA finished the first quarter on top 19-6. The Trailblazers then outscored Southern Vermont by 13 to bring a comfortable upper hand into the break, and they maintained the separation through the final 20 minutes to close out the victory.

SVC (3-8) now turns to the remainder of its league schedule to finish out the season; the first New England Collegiate Conference game on the Mountaineers' slate is an 8 p.m. Monday tip-off at Lesley University.

Southern Vermont was paced by freshman Liv Pressley (Richmondville,, N.Y.) who had 10 points in addition to a pair of steals. Junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) followed with eight points while tying the team-high of six rebounds, and freshman Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) tallied six points in 13 minutes for SVC. Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) also had six boards while chalking up two steals.

MCLA had a 44-33 advantage on the boards throughout the night and outscored the Mountaineers 21-12 in points off turnovers.

Up just 6-3 midway through the opening stanza, the Trailblazers went on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The teams traded baskets early in the second before nine unanswered MCLA points helped the hosts pull away.

After going into the break on top 40-14, the Trailblazers took to a 19-1 surge through the third quarter to put the game out of SVC's reach. Smith had six of her points and all six of her rebounds in the fourth period as Southern Vermont outscored MCLA by nine in the frame, but the deficit would be too much for the Mountaineers to overcome.