NASHUA, N.H. – Southern Vermont College was downed at Daniel Webster College 74-61 Thursday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
With the score tied 55-55 at the 5:00 mark in the second half, the Eagles went on a 19-6 run to pull out the victory.
Sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) paced SVC with a game and career-high 24 points and added seven rebounds while sophomore captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) notched 20 points, buried five three-pointers, dished out six assists and grabbed four steals.
Ashley Giampetruzzi (Manchester, N.H.) led the Eagles with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds – both season bests – as DWC won for the fourth time in five outings after a 0-3 start.
The Eagles had led by as many as 11 in the opening frame and held a five-point lead at the break. Things appeared to be in control after a Kayla Free (Quincy, Mass.) layup pushed the lead back to 10 (41-31) with 14:17 to go, and a three-pointer kept the lead at eight (44-36) with 12:16 left.
But SVC responded with an 11-3 run over a 3:17 stretch ending with a Flagg trey to tie it at 47 apiece with 8:59 on the clock, and she then gave the visitors their first lead since early in the opening frame, draining another from downtown for a 52-51 game at the seven-minute mark.
A Natalie Nagle (Dolgeville, N.Y.) layup regained the one-point lead for the Eagles and Giampetruzzi followed inside, but a McDonald three-point play tied it again at 55-55 at 5:04.
Senior Ariel Guzman (Yonkers, N.Y.) gave DWC its lead for good by sinking two at the line and dropping a three. Ashley England (Old Town, Maine) then pumped home a 15-footer for a sudden seven-point lead, and the Eagles didn't look back the rest of the way as SVC went 2-for-8 from the field down the stretch.
Guzman – who scored all 11 of her points on the night in the final five minutes - was the biggest spark, nailing two three-pointers and had 10 of the 13 points over that span.
England notched 13 points for the hosts while Katherine Johnson (Manchester) had 11 and eight rebounds (six offensive) off the bench. Nagle pulled down a team-best 12 boards, chipping in with four points. Page Pierson (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) picked up six points and five assists.
The Mountaineers (1-6, 0-2 NECC) turn to their Regis College matchup at home on Saturday when Southern Vermont will celebrate Jimmy V Week during the 1 p.m. tilt. Daniel Webster (4-4, 2-0 NECC) next travels to Bay Path College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference showdown.