HENNIKER, N.H. – The No. 1 seed of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball championship tournament overpowered Southern Vermont College Tuesday night as the eighth-seeded Mountaineers fell 85-48 to New England College at Bridges Gym in a quarterfinal playoff.
SVC played tough in the first 20 minutes—shooting 40.7 percent from the floor—but the hosting Pilgrims were even more efficient at the other end of the court to bring a solid 52-32 advantage to the intermission. NEC maintained the separation in the third quarter before opening it up in the final 10 minutes for the decisive victory.
Southern Vermont finishes the 2018-19 campaign with an overall record of 6-20 after making just its third-ever trip to the playoffs in program history.
Mountaineer senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) led her team with 13 points, nine rebounds, and six assists on the night. She finished her two-year SVC career with 613 points and 567 rebounds—ranking third on the program's all-time record chart for boards. She also put herself at sixth in Southern Vermont history with 47 career blocks.
New England had a strong 41-23 advantage in rebounds to outscore Southern Vermont 10-2 in second-chance points. The Pilgrims hit twice as many 3-pointers as the Mountaineers (6-3) while posting a 50-24 upper hand in points from the paint.
SVC was able to put an end to NEC's short runs during the first quarter and keep the hosts from running away. Hudson was the only starter to score in the stanza as she chalked up six points, and Thomas provided another five in six minutes off the bench. Despite scoring 18 points in the second, however, Southern Vermont saw the Pilgrims score 30 in the stanza to pad their cushion.
New England would top the Mountaineers by three in the third quarter as Main registered five points, and the hosts cruised into the semifinal round with a strong showing through the final 10 minutes.
– #LetsGoSVC –