BROOKLINE, Mass. – Unable to make it two straight wins, the Southern Vermont College women's basketball team fell on the road at Newbury College 66-50 Thursday evening in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play.
SVC sophomore guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) led the team with 16 points while sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Nighthawk senior forward Katie Haney (Winchendon, Mass.) scored a game and career-high 25 points in the winning effort.
At the 13:31 mark, NC freshman guard Janetis Cardona (Southbridge, Mass.) found an open Haney who knocked down a jumper to ignite a Newbury 6-0 run in which Haney registered six of her half-high nine points. Mountaineer sophomore Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) broke up the run with a layup off a dish by Flagg who scored seven points in the first half and added three assists.
The Nighthawks started to pull away soon after as NC went on a 15-9 run to end the first, taking a 32-22 lead into the locker room.
Newbury continued to control the game into the second half as sophomore guard Alex Pezzella (Rockland, Mass.) came out strong, hitting two of her first three shots from the floor including a three-pointer to increase the Nighthawks' lead to nine, and Newbury never looked back.
Haney continued her career night, making a living in the paint as she notched 10 of her 16 points in the second half. Sophomore guard Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, NH.) opened up space in the key as she dished out four of her five assists in the period to Haney.
MacKenzie finished with eight points and eight boards for the Mountaineers while Flagg added five rebounds and six assists to her night. Sophomore guard Javasha White (Schenectady, N.Y.) had four points and seven rebounds off the bench for SVC.
Pezzella followed Haney with 13 points to go along with four assists as senior guard Kwanasia Fredricks (Harlem, N.Y.) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds coming off the bench.
Newbury was able to capitalize on SVC turnovers, scoring 26 points off the 27 Mountaineer giveaways. Adversely, Southern Vermont recorded just nine points off the 15 Nighthawk turnovers.
Southern Vermont (3-9, 1-4 NECC) returns home for an NECC tilt on Saturday with Wheelock College starting at 1 p.m., and Newbury (2-8, 2-3 NECC) next hosts Regis College on Saturday for a 12 p.m. conference tip.