Wheelock Tops Women's Basketball 88-83 in Overtime League Tilt

Wheelock Tops Women's Basketball 88-83 in Overtime League Tilt

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Southern Vermont College lost 88-83 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Wheelock College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College.

Wildcat freshman center Michelle Woods (Wilmington, Mass.) poured in a season-high 35 points, including 21 in the second half and overtime, while Mountaineer sophomore Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) matched with a career-high 35, just three shy of the school record of 38 set by SVC Hall of Famer Denise Welch.

Flagg went 12-for-17 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the line to go with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Sophomore forward Sarah McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.) ended the day with 19 points, eight caroms, a pair of blocks and an assist, and freshman guard Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in addition to coming up with three steals and handing out two assists.

Woods seemingly did it all for Wheelock, shooting 11-for-20 from the floor and a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line to set a new school record for free throws made in a game, adding 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Her point total is the most in a game for a rookie in school history. Freshman guard Emily Doyle (Lynn, Mass.) was on the mark in the first half, scoring 14 of her career-high 17 points; she also added four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, Mass.) came off the bench to contribute with 11 points, three rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a blocked shot in 17 minutes for the Wildcats. Freshman forward Shannon Garvey (Clarksburg, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points, five boards, two assists, a steal and a block. 

Flagg converted a pair of free throws to give Southern Vermont a 77-74 lead with 25 ticks remaining in regulation before Doyle buried her career-best fifth three-pointer of the game for the Wildcats and knot the contest at 77-77 with 14 seconds to play in the second half. Time ran out on the Mountaineers to send the game into overtime.

Woods made a layup with 1:16 left in the extra period to give Wheelock an 84-79 lead, but Anthony and Flagg made unanswered layups for Southern Vermont to cut the deficit to 84-83 with 27 seconds to go in the game. Freshman point guard Jaime Gryzch (Columbia, Conn.) and sophomore guard Katie Alsip (Quincy, Mass.) each made a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for the Wildcats.

A pair of Woods free throws early in the first half gave Wheelock a 14-12 margin at the 14:20 mark before the Mountaineers went on a 13-5 burst, capped by a Flagg three-pointer, to give them a 25-19 lead with 9:49 showing in the first period. Southern Vermont maintained a 27-22 lead at 9:09, but the Wildcats put together a 17-4 stretch, fueled by a trio of three-pointers from Doyle, to give the home team its largest lead of the afternoon at 39-31 with 3:36 to play in the half. The Mountaineers scored nine of the last 12 points of the half, led by five from Flagg, to close to within 42-40 at the intermission.

Freshman forward Abbi Molner (Wilmington, Vt.) drained one from downtown just 50 seconds into the second half to give Southern Vermont a 45-44 lead. McDonald later hit a jumper to increase the lead to 62-56 for the visitors with 10:01 remaining in the period. The Mountaineers never trailed to close out the second half before Doyle tied the game for Wheelock to send it into overtime.

Both teams are next on the road Wednesday for 8 p.m. contests as the Mountaineers (5-18, 3-13 NECC) visit Bay Path College and Wheelock (5-18, 4-11 NECC) travels to Lesley University.