Nashua – The Southern Vermont College Women's basketball team traveled to Daniel Webster College, Saturday afternoon for a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) game. It was the first time the Mountaineers traveled to a conference foe this season, and for the first time in NECC play SVC fell 76-73 at the Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
DWC senior forward Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) notched a team high 22 points including career-point 1,000 and added 12 rebounds for her fifth double double of the season and fellow senior Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) added a season-best 18 points along with eight rebounds
Gervais, who reached the millennium mark on the front end of a two-shot foul with 1:03 remaining in regulation, became the seventh player to reach the plateau in program history, and the third player in the past seven years to accomplish the feat. Senior Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 12 points, and a game-best seven assists as the Eagles (5-4, 2-1 NECC), won for the third time in their last four outings. Rookie Alyssa Marson (Bangor, Maine) chipped in with nine points.
Ashily Veliz (Glendale, Cal.) provided a big spark off the bench for the Mountaineers (3-7, 2-1 NECC) as she finished with a team best 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Joa Claircius (Clermont, Fla.) notched 17 points and nine boards, with six on the offensive glass. Dayna Carpenter (Northampton, Mass.) added 16 points and seven boards including another six on the offensive glass. Kourtney Hewitt (Bennington, Vt.) chipped in with eight points.
Ball distribution was key for the Eagles, who racked up a season high 25 assists, helping soften the sting of 21 turnovers. The two teams were battled on the boards as DWC eked out a 48-47 edge, and shot 42-percent from the field while SVC shot 38-percent. The Mountaineers finished with sizable advantages in bench points (38-15), second chance (24-14) and also won the battle in the paint (38-32).
The Mountaineers last led in the second half at 34-32 after a Claircius layup at the 18:21 mark. The Eagles responded with a 10-0 run over a four minute span keyed by two jumpers from Murphy for a 50-40 lead with 11:47 remaining. However, SVC chipped away with a 14-5 run sparked by a jumper and trey from Carpenter to pull back within one (55-54) with 9:06 to go.
The Eagles would lead by as many as six on three occasions including Gervais' 1,000th at the line for a 73-67 lead with 63 seconds to go. Back-to back inside moves from Claircius and Veliz made it a 73-71 game with 41 seconds left. Gervais would knock down one of two at the line with 20 seconds and Carpenter made it a two point game at 75-73 with 11 second left. After Paternostro knocked down one at the line with seven seconds to go, SVC ran an outside play by a three-point attempt at the buzzer clanged out to seal the win.
The Eagles return to action playing game three of a four-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Regis in a NECC matchup at 7:00 p.m. Southern Vermont visits NECC foe Mitchell on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.