WESTON, Mass. — Southern Vermont College took to the road Saturday, falling 76-50 at Regis College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Higgins Court.
SVC trailed by just one with two minutes to go in the first half, but Regis was able to pull away for a 31-24 lead at the break before extending its upper hand in the second half to remain undefeated in league play.
The Mountaineers fall to 9-7 overall on the year and 6-3 in NECC play with the loss. Southern Vermont next heads to Newbury College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. league tip-off; SVC clipped the Nighthawks 73-70 at home in the first meeting between the two sides earlier this season.
Southern Vermont was led offensively by senior captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) who dropped in 14 points to go along with her three steals and two assists. Classmate Shaniquewa Barnes (Landover, Md.) was right behind with 10 points and seven rebounds while fellow senior Turquoia Johnson (Rockville, Md.) pulled down a game-high 12 boards off the Mountaineer bench.
SVC shot 36 percent (18-50) from the floor while holding Regis to a 33.8 percent (25-74) clip. The rebound game, however, was controlled by the Pride who snagged 56 boards to Southern Vermont's 29. Regis outscored the Mountaineers 37-18 in second-chance points and took a 42-22 advantage in points from the paint.
Regis jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, eventually going up 12-3 after Barnes converted an and-one play. Flagg knocked down a pair of threes in a span of 40 seconds before Barnes notched a free throw and layup to make it a 14-12 contest. A single Pride bucket from the charity stripe then set the score at 15-12 heading into the second period.
RC slowly opened its lead up to 24-16 through the first five minutes of the ensuing quarter, but SVC junior captain Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) knocked down a trey before Barnes completed her second old-fashioned three-point play to make it a 24-22 Pride edge. A single Regis free throw preceded Johnson laying in a basket as the Mountaineers closed their deficit down to just one with 2:02 on the clock. That would be the last SVC score of the half, however, as the Pride notched six unanswered points through the remainder of the quarter to go into halftime ahead 31-24.
Regis registered the first basket of the third quarter, only to see Southern Vermont sophomore Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) knock down a pair of free throws before sinking another bucket to trim the Pride's lead to 33-28. RC took to an 8-3 run to put their advantage back into double digits and then scored nine unanswered to go on top 50-35. Baskets were traded down the stretch of the frame, Dow completing an and-one play before Flagg drilled a three while Regis answered to end the quarter up 55-41.
Flagg would start the fourth period with another layup and ensuing free throw after drawing the foul, but the Pride came back with a 13-1 run to take a comfortable lead they would carry to the win. SVC sophomore Danielle Simmons (Rensselaer, N.Y.) dropped in a pair of baskets in the final three minutes of play, but it would not be enough to mount a comeback as Regis continued to connect on the offensive end for the sizable victory.