POULTNEY, Vt. – Sophomore guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) shot 6-for-11 from downtown and totaled 22 points on the night to lead Southern Vermont College to a 76-35 non-conference women's basketball win over Green Mountain College on Thursday night at the Eagle Dome.
Both teams started out cold from the field as nearly five minutes elapsed before SVC finally managed to score on a layup by sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.). The Mountaineers went back to the 6'0 forward several times as she scored three consecutive baskets as part of a 10-0 run to start the game for the visitors. Eagles' sophomore guard Casie Sharp (Newbury, Mass.) ended the run with a jump shot at the 12:55 mark of the first half.
Southern Vermont (1-3) would continue to apply the defensive pressure causing the Eagles into a few turnovers. Meanwhile, Flagg began to find her range from distance, stroking three 3-pointers in the span of the next five minutes to extend the Mountaineers' lead to 30-12.
For all of their aggressive play, however, the visitors did get into foul trouble early in the game and Green Mountain (0-3) took advantage, converting on 11-of-16 free throws to narrow the gap briefly. Sophomore guard Allison Wadsworth (Northville, N.Y.) was the biggest beneficiary nailing all eight of her free throws in the half.
Late in the period, Mountaineer sophomore guard Javasha White (Schenectady, N.Y.) caught fire, hitting her last four attempts of the half which contributed to giving SVC a comfortable 44-25 lead heading into the break.
The second stanza was a more defensive-oriented battle as both teams shot at a clip that was 10 percent less than their first half efforts. Flagg had nine more points to lead the Mountaineers in the second half, while teammate and sophomore Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight to help the visitors close out their first victory of the season.
Aside from Flagg's performance, SVC received 17 points and nine rebounds from White while sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) chipped in with seven points, 11 boards and three blocked shots.
GMC was led by Wadsworth's 16 points and six boards. Sophomore forward Torie Cowell (Rochester, N.Y.) contributed eight points and six rebounds while sophomore forward Hayley Provost (Tolland, Conn.) collected a game-high 15 caroms for the Eagles.
Southern Vermont will next host New England College on Monday for a 7 p.m. tip, and Green Mountain will next play on Wednesday, December 4 when the team opens up its North Atlantic Conference schedule on the road against Johnson State College.