Women’s Basketball Edged 53-48 at Eastern Nazarene

katie godon dribbles the ball up the court

QUINCY, Mass. – Eastern Nazarene College was able to hold off Southern Vermont College Thursday night to win 53-48 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Lahue Physical Education Center.

The Lions brought just a 24-23 edge into the locker room before outscoring SVC by four in the third quarter for some extra separation. The Mountaineers cut it to a 48-47 game in the final minute of regulation, but they couldn't get any shots to fall down the stretch while ENC closed it out from the free throw line.

SVC (6-16, 4-11 NECC) is back on the road for its next game as the Mountaineers are set to visit Mitchell College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.

Southern Vermont senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) had her eighth double-double of the year with a team-high 13 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Freshman Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) followed with 10 points and seven boards while junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) had seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

The Mountaineers snagged a 42-30 upper hand in rebounds—allowing the Lions to grab just six offensive boards for a 9-0 upper hand in second-chance points. ENC took a slim 26-20 advantage in the paint, however.

SVC scored the first four points of the game before Eastern Nazarene responded with eight unanswered. The hosts took their biggest lead of the night at 18-9 shortly into the second quarter, but 3-pointers from Ryan and classmate Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) helped cut it to a one-possession game. Southern Vermont junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) then got a layup to go in the last minute of the half to make it a one-point game at the break.

The teams traded baskets in the third before Simmons converted an old-fashion 3-point play to put her team back on top. The Lions responded with back-to-back triples, however, to end the frame on an 8-0 run.

SVC was able to keep Eastern Nazarene from pulling away in the fourth and notched four-straight points late in the period to make it a 48-47 difference with 58 ticks to go. The Mountaineers would go 0-4 from the floor through the remainder of the contest, however, while ENC went 5-6 from the line to seal the victory.