BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College was downed 70-54 by Daniel Webster College Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
Two Mountaineers recorded double-doubles as sophomore forward Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds and classmate Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) had 15 points and a game-high 17 boards. Eagle sophomore guard Ashley England (Old Town, Maine) notched a game-best 19 points for the visitors while freshman forward Katherine Johnson (Manchester, N.H.) followed with 18 off the short DWC bench.
The two sides traded baskets in the early going while trying to find offensive rhythm. A McDonald layup made it just a 9-7 DWC lead with 15:29 to go in the first, but an 8-2 Eagle run over the next three minutes opened the lead to 17-9. Mountaineer sophomore guard Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) then hit one-of-two free throws and drained a three-pointer following a Daniel Webster turnover to close the gap to 17-13.
From there, however, the Eagles started to open the game as SVC fouls sent them to the free throw line where DWC was able to convert. Between the 6:41 and 5:34 marks, Daniel Webster was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, and senior guard Ariel Guzman (Yonkers, N.Y.) soon-after knocked down a three to make it a 34-22 game. Neither team was able to take advantage of missed shots and make stops as, a few baskets later, they went into the break with the Eagles holding a 37-26 edge.
Johnson notched 12 of her points in the opening period while England added 11. MacKenzie scored eight and pulled down nine boards, and Flagg and McDonald were right behind with seven points apiece. Despite SVC owning a 32-22 rebound advantage, DWC was more efficient from the field as the team shot 40.6 percent (13-32) while Southern Vermont managed just a 28.2 percent clip (11-39).
After play resumed, McDonald began the half with a solid performance down low regardless of her having three personal fouls. She scored the first six SVC points while the Mountaineers pulled to within seven (39-32). Guzman came right back down the court and put one in from downtown, but Flagg responded right away with a trey of her own. The next two minutes of action saw nothing but misses and turnovers from both sides as SVC remained in striking distance.
The teams continued to battle and swap buckets, but Daniel Webster slowly increased its lead up through a MacKenzie layup that made it 64-52 in favor of the Eagles. At that point, DWC scored the next six points, including a 4-for-4 performance at the line, to take its biggest lead of the day, a 70-52 advantage before walking away with the 70-54 victory.
Flagg finished with 14 points, seven boards and two steals for the Mountaineers while MacKenzie added three blocks to her line.
Guzman totaled 10 points for DWC to go with four rebounds and four assists, and sophomore guard Ashley Giampetruzzi (Manchester, N.H.) recorded six points, five rebounds and a game-high five assists. Freshman guard Kayla Free (Quincy, Mass.) had a team-best 10 rebounds along with six points, three steals and three assists while coming off the bench. The Eagles finished the day with a 38.8 field goal percentage (26-67).
Next up for the Mountaineers (4-12, 2-7 NECC) is a 7 p.m. home contest on Tuesday against Bay Path College, and DWC (7-8, 5-4 NECC) turns to its 5 p.m. Tuesday tip at home with Regis College.