LEICESTER, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team lost a close New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup at Becker College Monday night— falling 60-57 to the Hawks at Leicester Gymnasium.
SVC went in front 23-16 after the opening 10-minute period before the Hawks cut the difference by two for a 33-28 Mountaineer lead at halftime. The hosts outscored Southern Vermont by nine in the third to take the upper hand, and Becker held off the visitors in the final frame to close out the league victory.
The Mountaineers (1-17, 1-12) are back in action on Wednesday when they head to Daniel Webster College for a 5:30 p.m. Conference contest.
Southern Vermont senior captain Amber Dow (Panton, Vt.) and junior Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) tied for a team-leading 13 points with Longe adding an SVC-best seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. Sophomore Amber Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) had nine points and five boards while freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) notched six points, pulled down six boards and tied her season-best of six assists for a game-high. Freshman Danielle Biggers (Bronx, N.Y.) chipped in with nine points in 19 minutes off the bench.
SVC went 21-for-58 (36.2 percent) from field goal range while Becker connected on 42 percent (21-50) of its attempts from the floor. The Hawks snagged a 39-32 advantage on the glass, but Southern Vermont outscored the hosts 9-7 in second-chance points.
Dow registered back-to-back buckets with her second being a triple for SVC to go on top 9-4, and three Mountaineers then combined for seven more unanswered points for a 16-7 upper hand. Dow dropped another trey to make it a 10-point game, but the Hawks took to a quick 7-2 spurt which cut the deficit in half. Longe hit a jumper with 1:40 left in the opening quarter before the rest of the stanza went scoreless for Southern Vermont to take a 23-16 lead into the second.
The Mountaineers kept their separation through the front-end of the next period before Becker scored five consecutive points to make it a 28-23 game with 3:12 on the clock. Biggers drilled a three to pad the SVC cushion, but the Hawks were able to close out the half with a 6-2 spurt which cut the hosts' deficit back to five (33-28).
Becker came out of the locker room and scored the first two baskets of the third to tie it up. Longe completed an and-one play before the Hawks responded with a triple to even the score once again. Becker went in front with five straight, and the teams traded scores through the final minutes of the quarter for Becker to take a 47-43 edge into the fourth.
Scoring was scarce through the opening five minutes of the final period with the only baskets being a pair of Biggers threes which put her team on top 49-47. The Hawks responded with one of their own before a pair of Longe free throws tied it at 51-51 with 3:44 left to go. Five straight by Becker gave the hosts a little breathing room, but a Mallett layup cut it back to a one-possession game in the final minute. The Hawks went to the line and connected on the second shot of their bonus opportunity, however, putting it just out of reach for Southern Vermont.
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