Women’s Basketball Falls 70-36 to Dean in NECC Play

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College returned to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center—falling 70-36 in its first meeting of the year with Dean College.

The visiting Bulldogs doubled up SVC in the second quarter to bring a 28-17 advantage into the locker room, and DC then used the final 20 minutes to pad its cushion and remain undefeated in Conference play.

Southern Vermont (2-12, 1-4 NECC) is back in action on Thursday when the Mountaineers visit Bay Path University for an 8 p.m. league start. Dean (6-3, 3-0 NECC) turns to non-conference play for its next game as the Bulldogs are set for a 5 p.m. Tuesday tip-off at Trinity College.

SVC was led by the sixth double-double of the season for junior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) who notched game-highs of 18 points and 18 rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) had five points, three boards, three assists, and two steals, and classmate Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) pulled down six rebounds in addition to hitting a 3-pointer.

Dean sophomore Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) also had 18 points while adding five rebounds, two assists, and two steals to her line. Junior Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) followed with 14 points and six boards, and senior captain Morgan Tuner (Winter Park, Fla.) tallied a double-double with 13 points and a team-best 14 rebounds.

The Bulldogs pulled down a 45-39 advantage in rebounds—only to see SVC take a 9-7 edge in second-chance points. Dean went without a made 3-pointer all day, but the visitors had a strong presence in the key to outscore the Mountaineers 40-16 from the paint.

Triples from Biggers and junior captain Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) put SVC on top early on, but back-to-back Rosensteel layups were at the front-end of an 8-0 Bulldog run which gave the visitors a lead they would never relinquish. Dean scored the first 12 points of the second quarter—Pina and freshman Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) each notching four—before Southern Vermont closed out the half with the final six to trim its deficit down to 11 at the intermission.

A 19-1 DC surge opened up the third frame, however, with eight points coming off of Rosensteel's hand as the Bulldogs pulled away. Dean then kept up the pressure through the final 10 minutes to outscore Southern Vermont by eight in the stanza and secure the league victory.