BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team suffered defeat on its Senior Day Saturday afternoon—falling 66-45 to Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Nighthawks used a big second quarter to bring a 37-18 lead to the intermission, and the visitors continued to pad their cushion in the third quarter to put it away.
The Mountaineers (5-15, 3-10 NECC) are back in action on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. home game against Lesley University while NC (8-12, 6-7 NECC) heads to Bay Path University the same night for an 8 p.m. start.
Before tip-off, Southern Vermont celebrated the outstanding two-year career of senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) who has etched herself into the program's record books in a short amount of time. She led SVC with 10 rebounds on the day while adding four points, two assists, and two blocks.
Mountaineer junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) had 11 points and four boards in reserve time while classmate Sarah Poirier (Ferrisburgh, Vt.) tied her for the team-high with another 11 points in just 13 minutes off the bench.
Newbury sophomore Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) had game-bests of 21 points and 15 rebounds, and she also tallied three assists. Senior Savanah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) went 4-6 from downtown to provide 15 points while classmate Taylor Kelley (North Billerica, Mass.) hit another four triples to total 14.
NC seized a 47-39 advantage in rebounds and outscored SVC 16-7 in second-chance points. The Nighthawks also had a 22-17 edge in points off turnovers while notching a 20-12 upper hand in the paint.
Newbury jumped out to a 10-0 lead with a pair of triples, but Southern Vermont got the last five points of the quarter to head into the second down 14-9. NC then went on a 16-0 run, however, to garner some breathing room before halftime; Sanders had eight of those points with three coming from downtown.
The Nighthawks pulled away in the third as they outscored SVC by 12—Kelley and Olsen both going 2-2 from beyond the arc. Poirier went 3-5 on 3-point attempts to notch all 11 of her points in the final frame, but it was not enough to overcome the sizable deficit.
Release courtesy Southern Vermont Athletics.