Women's Hoops Bested by Lesley 2nd Half in 64-51 Loss

Women's Hoops Bested by Lesley 2nd Half in 64-51 Loss

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols, Southern Vermont College lost 64-51 to Lesley University Saturday afternoon.

Lesley University senior Emily Fleming (Medford, Mass.) and sophomore Ari Dimou (Manchester, N.H.) combined to score 33 points to lead the Lynx. 

SVC sophomore Javasha White (Schenectady, N.Y.) recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds while classmates Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) and Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) were also in double figures with 12 points apiece. McDonald was tough down low as she registered a game-high four blocks.  Sophomore Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) chipped in with seven points while grabbing nine caroms in the loss.

Dimou's game-high 17 marks the third straight game where she finished with at least that many while she added nine boards and a game-high four steals in the winning effort. Fleming's 16 points came off an efficient 7-of-11 day from the floor as she added three assists and three rebounds. Senior Nicole Mercurio (Wakefield, Mass.) pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and chipped in with eight points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, and classmate Sarah Apgar (Andover, N.J.) dished out a game-high six assists.

The Lynx were active on the defensive end, forcing 22 Mountaineer turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Green and White. The Lynx held a slim margin on the glass, as well, holding a slim 57-54 edge.

SVC held the hot hand as it shot 39.5 percent (15-38) in the opening twenty minutes, but were held to just 20.6 percent (7-34) in the second half. The Lynx, who were held to just 27.0 percent (10-37) in the opening session, drained 34.1 percent (15-44) of their shots in the final half in which they outscored the visitors by a 37-17 margin.

The Mountaineers held a 12-5 advantage with just under 16 minutes to play in the first half, but three consecutive Fleming buckets would quickly dwindle down SVC's lead to two (12-10). SVC trumped Fleming's run with back-to-back treys to spark a 10-4 streak to regain control with a 22-14 edge.

Lesley climbed within four with just six minutes left before the break, but SVC would end the half on an 11-7 run to take a 34-27 edge into halftime.

The Mountaineers opened the second with a 6-2 run to take their biggest lead of the afternoon, 41-29. The Lynx answered with a 9-0 streak anchored by a Dimou trey from the left wing to cut the lead to three (41-38). SVC would push the lead back to seven at 45-38 following a MacKenzie free throw and a Flagg three-pointer, but then the Lynx took over.

Lesley stormed back with a 22-0 run over the next eight minutes to take a commanding 60-45 lead as the Lynx rolled to the 64-51 final. Dimou sparked the streak with two straight three-pointers while sophomore Jackie Ewing (Hong Kong) scored all seven of her points on the run. Junior Grace Amato (South Royalton, Vt.) chipped in with five of her nine points on the day while Fleming and Mercurio each had two in the streak.

The Mountaineers (4-14, 2-9 NECC) are back at home Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip against Elms College, and Lesley (2-16, 2-9 NECC) next hosts Regis College on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. league tilt.