Women’s Basketball Topped 68-39 at New England College

di smith looks at the hoop before shooting the ball

HENNIKER, N.H. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team started the second half of its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) schedule on Saturday—falling 68-39 to New England College at Bridges Gym.

The Mountaineers trailed 32-16 at halftime, and the Pilgrims then pulled away in the fourth to sweep the season series.

Next up for SVC (4-13, 2-8 NECC) is a 7 p.m. home game on Tuesday as the Mountaineers host Dean College during the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week.

Southern Vermont sophomore Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) led the team with 10 points, and she also had six rebounds on the day. Classmate Aliesha Thomas (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chalked up eight points and four boards in 12 minutes off the bench, and senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) registered a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) chipped in with six points and six boards during 14 minutes of reserve time.

NEC had a 43-34 advantage on the glass while outscoring the Mountaineers 34-12 in points off turnovers. The Pilgrims also controlled the key with a 38-18 upper hand in points from the paint.

New England led from wire to wire after notching the first six points of the day. A triple from SVC freshman Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) made it a 9-7 difference, but the Pilgrims ended the first quarter with seven unanswered points to push the separation into double digits. NEC then outscored Southern Vermont by five in the second frame to bring a 16-point lead into the locker room.

The Mountaineers started the third quarter on a 10-2 run to get within eight—Smith notching six of those SVC points. NEC responded with nine unanswered points, however, to pad its cushion once again. The Pilgrims then ran away with it in the fourth as they topped Southern Vermont by 15 in the final 10 minutes.