Women’s Basketball Downed 69-59 at Daniel Webster

amber lesure dribbles the ball

NASHUA, N.H. – Southern Vermont College fell 69-59 at Daniel Webster College Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action.

A big first quarter helped the Eagles bring a 37-24 lead into the halftime break. DWC extended its upper hand in the third frame, making the separation large enough that SVC's 23-point fourth couldn't overcome the deficit.

Next up for the Mountaineers (1-19, 1-14 NECC) is a Saturday matinee when they host Wheelock College for a 1 p.m. Conference start. SVC will also recognize and honor its two departing seniors— captain Amber Dow (Panton, Vt.) and Abbi Molner (Wilmington, Vt.)— prior to tip-off with the Wildcats.

Southern Vermont sophomore Amber Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) cracked the 20-point plateau for the first time in her career with a team-leading 21, and she added four steals, three rebounds and three assists to her line. Dow finished with 13 points, four boards, three assists and three steals while freshman Kelley Dobbert (Stamford, Vt.) tallied nine points and a pair of rebounds. Fellow senior Sarah Poirier (Ferrisburgh, Vt.) chalked up a team-high nine rebounds and four assists in the effort.

Daniel Webster went 28-for-64 (43.8 percent) from the floor while SVC shot 40 percent (20-50) from field goal range. The Eagles owned a 42-27 advantage on the glass— outscoring the Mountaineers 32-20 in second-chance points.

DWC scored the opening eight points of the night and never looked back. Lesure got SVC on the board with a triple, only to see the hosts tally an ensuing 10-unanswered points for a comfortable upper hand. Lesure buried her second trey of the quarter before the Eagles closed out the stanza with six straight.

Southern Vermont freshman Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) completed an old-fashion three-point play to spark a 10-0 Mountaineer run with three points from Dobbert and another four from Dow. SVC cut it to a 31-22 Daniel Webster lead as Dow drained two baskets from the outside, and the sides traded scores through the remainder of the half for the hosts to bring a 37-24 advantage to the intermission.

The Mountaineers got the first five points of the third quarter as another Dow trey made it an eight-point game. DWC utilized perimeter buckets of its own to push the difference back into double digits, and the Eagles closed out the period on a 12-2 run to go up 58-36.

Southern Vermont made a strong push for a comeback in the final 10 minutes— outscoring Daniel Webster by 12 in the fourth. SVC took to an 8-2 spurt with six Lesure points, and junior Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) scored back-to-back layups before Lesure knocked home another triple to get the Mountaineers within 13. Lesure connected on her fourth three-pointer late in the game, but it would not be enough to help the visitors erase their deficit as DWC finished off the win.