Women's Basketball Falls 80-48 to MCLA in Non-conference Play

Chloe Longe dribbles the ball against MCLA

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team was downed 80-48 Wednesday night by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts due in part to a strong shooting performance from the perimeter by the Trailblazers during the non-conference tilt at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

After MCLA went in front 23-11 by the end of the first quarter, the visitors connected on 6-of-9 three-point attempts in the second frame to stake a 45-18 lead at the break. Southern Vermont would be unable to bounce back in the second half as the Trailblazers finished at a 13-for-24 clip from the outside en route to the road win.

The Mountaineers (1-22) are next set to conclude their New England Collegiate Conference schedule on Saturday as they head to Regis College for a 1 p.m. tip-off. MCLA (9-14) wraps up its season the same day— visiting Bridgewater State University for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference game set to begin at 3 p.m.

SVC was led offensively by junior Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) who came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points in 21 minutes of action while grabbing five rebounds. She was followed by sophomore Amber Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) who had 12 points, two boards and a pair of assists, and freshman Sarah Poirier (Ferrisburgh, Vt.) tallied six points, four rebounds and three assists in the effort.

Despite only scoring nine points, MCLA senior Kayla Hotaling (Ravena, N.Y.) put her name in the team record book as she became the seventh player in program history to surpass the 1,000 career point mark. Junior Paige Vincent (Hillsborough, N.H.) notched a team-high 14 points in 19 minutes of reserve time, and sophomore Courtney Pingelski (Mechanicville, N.Y.) had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench; Vincent went 4-for-6 six from downtown while Pingelski was a perfect 4-for-4 from the outside.

MCLA shot 47.1 percent (32-69) from the floor on the night as Southern Vermont finished at a 40.9 percent (18-44) clip. The Trailblazers pulled down a 43-23 advantage on the boards and edged SVC 26-20 in points from the paint.

The triples came early and often for the visitors as senior Courtney McLaughlin (Pittsfield, Mass.) dropped one in from the left corner to get things started before classmate Brayleigh Hanlon (Wynantskill, N.Y.) got a high, friendly bounce on a deep shot at the right edge to make it a 14-6 Trailblazer lead. Between those scores, Hotaling recorded a pair of layups for the three points needed to push her over the 1,000 career point mark. Longe got a layup to go for the hosts to inch closer, but MCLA ended the quarter on a 9-3 run to push the separation into double digits.

After missing their first two shots from outside the arc in the second, the Trailblazers got hot and knocked down their next six three-point attempts with Pingelski and Vincent each hitting a pair. Lesure connected on one of her own late in the half at the other end of the floor, only to see the visitors respond and bring a commanding lead into the locker room.

The deep success continued for the Trailblazers during the third as they drained a triple on three-consecutive possessions midway through the period. SVC senior captain Amber Dow (Panton, Vt.) got in on the deep-ball action with a trey— helping Southern Vermont close out the quarter with a 7-2 spurt.

Poirier extended that Mountaineer run with a three-pointer for the opening basket of the fourth, and Longe would soon-after register six unanswered points of her own with two free throws and a pair of layups. The difference was too large at that point, however, as MCLA continued to score down the stretch to secure the victory.