BENNINGTON, Vt.- After two straight road games last week the Southern Vermont College Women's basketball team returned home in hope of a victory. The Mountaineers faced up against New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) foe Elms College at the Mountaineer Athletic Center but ended up on the wrong end of a 76-47 defeat.
Reigning NECC rookie of the week Denisha Parks led the Blazers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Erika Murphy also chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards. Off the bench Taylor Darby scored 10 points in 13 minutes. Elms had nine players record points in the victory.
Southern Vermont was led by Bennington native Kourtney Hewitt who scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Joa Claircius recorded another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Tasha Smith came off the bench for SVC to score seven points and along with eight rebounds.
The Mountaineers only led twice in the game, however it was on the first two buckets of the game as Hewitt scored the opening basket and broke the tie again at the 19:01 mark with another layup. From there the Blazers ran out to a 26 point lead over the next 17 minutes, capped by a Murphy layup. Parks scored 19 of her points in the first half.
In the second half SVC tried to rally a comeback but missed its first 12 shots of the half to allow the Elms lead to extend out to 36. The margin was the largest of the game before SVC outscored Elms by seven over the final eleven minutes of the game.
Elms improved to 15-6 overall and 12-2 in NECC play while the Mountaineers dropped to 7-15 and 6-9 in conference play. Southern Vermont sits in sixth place in the conference and will try to hang out to one of the final two playoff spots in its final three games. Southern Vermont is back in action Thursday when they travel to Bay Path, before hosting Becker on Saturday for senior day. Elms hosts Mitchell College on Thursday at 6PM.