NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team returned from its winter hiatus and finished its non-conference schedule Saturday afternoon with an 83-52 loss at Mass. College of Liberal Arts.
The Mountaineers were paced by sophomore guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) who had 20 points to go along with three assists and three steals while freshman Trailblazer Brayleigh Hanlon (Wynantskill, N.Y.) led all players with 24 points in addition to her six rebounds and four steals
After the two sides played it tight in the opening 15 minutes, the hosts began to make a 25-4 run that would give them a comfortable lead. After Mountaineer sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) completed a three-point play to bring SVC within four points (31-27), MCLA closed the half on a 10-0 run to grab a 41-27 cushion at halftime.
The Trailblazers would carry on to ride that momentum into the second half, opening on a 15-4 run to put the game out of reach at 56-31. The lead would grow to as many as 34 in the second half as MCLA continued on for the 83-52 win.
McDonald finished with 14 points and seven rebounds while sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) led the team with 10 rebounds, adding six points and three blocked shots on the day.
Hanlon was followed on the Trailblazer end by senior guard Kaitlyn Chenevert (Uxbridge, Mass.) who scored 16 points to go with six rebounds and a game-high seven steals. Junior forward Tashari Rainwater (Webster, Mass.) recorded a game-best 12 boards on the afternoon.
MCLA forced 34 SVC turnovers and owned a commanding 70-43 rebounding edge (38 on the offensive glass).
Southern Vermont (2-8) returns home for a New England Collegiate Conference matchup with Lesley University at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. MCLA (4-7) will begin its league schedule with a Thursday visit to Bridgewater State University for a 5:30 p.m. tip.