BENNINGTON, Vt. – After a slow start for both teams, Regis College began to get its offense going en route to a 73-41 win at Southern Vermont College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
RC junior captain and guard Emilee Marro (Bedford, N.H.) led all players with 13 points while adding six rebounds, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor. Southern Vermont sophomore captain and guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) and classmate forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) tied the team-high of 12 points with Flagg dishing out four assists and McDonald grabbing a team-best seven boards.
The Pride out-rebounded SVC 55-35 while hitting a 36.8 percent clip from beyond the arch. They also made the most of turnovers, collecting 24 points off Mountaineer giveaways.
Early misses from both sides and Mountaineer foul trouble headlined the early going as a layup by Southern Vermont sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) gave the hosts a 4-3 lead 4:20 into the first half. After SVC sophomore guard Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) drained a jumper to regain the lead (6-5), Regis went on an 11-0 run over the next 1:57 with the help of three baskets from downtown to give the Pride a 16-6 advantage.
The Mountaineers would respond with seven unanswered to close the gap, but Regis would start to again make shots to keep the lead. With the score notched at 24-19 with 5:53 to go in the first, RC outscored SVC 13-0 over the next 3:53 to pull ahead 37-19 and go into the break up 38-21. Despite Southern Vermont hitting a better percentage from the in the opening stanza (36.0-32.4), the Pride's 12-7 turnover advantage helped pave the way to the lead.
Regis continued to shoot from outside in the second half as the Mountaineers couldn't trim the Pride's lead to any less than 14. With Southern Vermont trying to makeup points late in the game from 3-point distance, RC transitioned well for fast-break points with freshman Kayla Corshia (Medway, Mass.) scoring seven straight at one point as the Pride went on to the 73-41 victory.
MacKenzie finished with five points, four blocks and three steals for the Mountaineers while sophomore guard Javasha White (Schenectady, N.Y.) recorded six points and six rebounds.
On the Regis side, Marro was followed in scoring by sophomore guard Taylor Bunkley (Carmel, N.Y.) and freshman guard Sarah Paskevich (Colchester, Vt.) who each had 10 points. Sophomore forward Michaela Maguire (Revere, Mass.) added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench for the Pride.
The Mountaineers (1-7, 0-3 NECC) look ahead to Friday, Dec. 13 when they host SUNY at Morrisville for a 7 p.m. tip while Regis (4-2, 3-0 NECC) next faces off at home against Western Connecticut State University Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
As Southern Vermont celebrated Jimmy V Week to help the V Foundation, Regis head coach Angela Santa Fe and SVC head coach Mike Quinn pose with their sneakers in support of the cause.