WESTON, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell 61-33 Thursday night at Regis College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action.
Regis College improves to a perfect 8-0 in the NECC and grabbed its fifth-straight win.
Taylor Bunkley (Carmel, N.Y.) scored the first basket of the game for the Pride, but Southern Vermont sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) and sophomore guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) answered to give the Mountaineers an early 4-2 lead. After Janaya Bradley (New Haven, Conn.) tied the game at 4-4, McDonald went on a personal 5-0 run to give SVC a 9-4 advantage with 13:04 to play in the opening half. The Pride answered with a 15-0 run over the next six-plus minutes of action, helped by four points apiece from Bradley and Claire Ramonas (Portland, Maine), to take a 19-9 lead.
SVC sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) ended the run with a layup and later cut the deficit to nine with a jumper to make it a 20-13 ballgame. A quick 5-0 spurt from the Pride put the hosts back on top by 12, and the lead never fell below 10 as Regis entered the break leading 28-15.
Bradley led Regis at the half with eight points and five rebounds while Ramonas added five points in the opening stanza. McDonald led SVC with nine points and four rebounds to go with four points, six rebounds, and three blocks from MacKenzie.
In the second half, the Pride stretched their lead to 23 points following a Bunkley fastbreak layup that forced a Southern Vermont timeout with 15:29 to play. The Mountaineers chipped away, and following an Amber Dow (Panton, Vt.) free throw, back-to-back buckets from Flagg left the Mountaineers trailing 40-24 with 9:33 remaining. SVC sophomore guard Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) kept it a 16-point game minutes later with her first basket of the game, but the Pride ended the half on a 19-7 run to come away with the 61-33 victory.
McDonald led Southern Vermont with 13 points and seven rebounds while Flagg joined her in double-digits with 11 points. MacKenzie finished the night with four points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go with four blocks.
Bradley scored 12 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals in the win. Alyssa Vieira-Lanpher (Princeton, Mass.) connected on a pair of three-pointers en route to a career-high 12 points and six rebounds. Emilee Marro (Bedford, N.H.) chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Ramonas had nine points, six rebounds, and five steals. Teresa Busiek (Arlington, Mass.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Pride.
RC dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Mountaineers 58-42 and committing only 16 turnovers to SVC's 25. Regis turned those into 21 points and had 26 offensive boards in the game which led to 36 points in the paint and 14 second-chance points.
Southern Vermont (4-11, 2-6 NECC) is back at it on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip at home against Daniel Webster College while Regis (11-4 overall) travels to Becker College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.