ALBANY, N.Y. — In its last non-conference game before beginning league play, the Southern Vermont College women's basketball team fell 66-42 to The Sage Colleges Monday night at Kahl Gym.
Southern Vermont led 11-6 midway through the first quarter, but the Gators came back to close out the half with strong play to take a 36-20 lead into the break. The hosts held off SVC in each of the last two stanzas for their third straight win.
The Mountaineers move to 2-2 on the year and turn right around for another road game on Tuesday, heading to Bay Path University for an 8 p.m. tip for the start of the New England Collegiate Conference schedule.
SVC senior captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) tied the team-high of 10 points while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior captain Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) matched Flagg's 10 points, pulling down three boards in the process. Senior Kala MacKenzie (Fair Haven, Vt.) notched a team-best nine rebounds to go with her two blocks, and classmate Turquoia Johnson (Rockville, Md.) chipped in with six points and five rebounds.
Sage went 20-60 (33.3 percent) from the floor while holding Southern Vermont to a 27.7 field goal percentage (18-65). The Mountaineers took a 47-44 edge in rebounds, but the Gators were able to top SVC 26-13 in points off turnovers.
A MacKenzie jumper early on started a 7-2 Mountaineer run that put Southern Vermont on top 11-6 with 3:54 to go in the first quarter, but Sage bounced back with a 10-1 surge to close out the period. A layup by SVC sophomore Danielle Simmons (Rensselaer, N.Y.) kept the Mountaineers close at 18-16, only to see the Gators score 10 unanswered points to extend their lead. Flagg got a layup to go before time expired, sending the game to halftime with Sage ahead 36-20.
The Gators padded their cushion as play resumed out of the locker room before a Dow three-pointer started a quick 7-0 Mountaineer spurt. With six converted free throws in the final 2:24 of the third, Sage opened up its advantage going into the final period. Flagg scored the first two baskets of an 8-2 SVC run midway through the fourth to make it 58-41, but it would not be enough as the Gators were able to maintain their distance through the remainder of the contest for the win.