BROOKLINE, Mass. — A fourth-quarter push saw Newbury College win 74-61 Tuesday night over the visiting Southern Vermont College Mountaineers in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action.
After SVC trailed by a 38-27 margin at halftime, the Mountaineers ended the third quarter on a strong run and then took their first lead of the night early in the final period. Newbury stormed back, however, to regain the upper hand and carry it on for the season-splitting victory.
Southern Vermont falls to 9-8 on the year and 6-4 in NECC play. The Mountaineers are back at home on Thursday, hosting Bay Path University for a 7 p.m. league tip-off.
SVC senior captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) led the team with 17 points while recording seven rebounds and three steals in the effort. Classmate Turquoia Johnson (Rockville, Md.) grabbed a team-best 11 boards and added 11 points for her fourth double-double of the year; she also notched a game-high four assists in 27 minutes off the Mountaineer bench.
Southern Vermont sophomore Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) tallied nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, and junior captain Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) chipped in with seven points and a pair of rebounds. Senior Shaniquewa Barnes (Landover, Md.) also took down seven rebounds while scoring six points on the night.
The Mountaineers shot 34.7 percent (25-72) from field goal range as Newbury connected on 38.2 percent (21-55) of its attempts from the floor. SVC took a 49-43 edge on the glass while outscoring the Nighthawks 19-17 in points off turnovers and 38-30 from the paint.
NC registered the first eight points of the night before a Longe jumper got Southern Vermont on the board. Layups by Johnson and Flagg cut it to a 10-6 Nighthawk advantage, but free throws extended the Newbury lead back to eight. SVC senior Marissa Myers (Chatham, N.Y.) knocked down a three-pointer to start a 7-2 Southern Vermont spurt that closed out the quarter, cutting it to a 16-13 Nighthawk edge after the opening 10 minutes.
The two sides traded scores through the front-end of the second, a Flagg layup keeping the Mountaineers in reach at 24-20 with 5:29 to go in the frame. Newbury took to a 9-3 run over the next few minutes before going up 36-24 on a trey. Dow completed an and-one play with 1:26 to go and then drew a foul in the final seconds, dropping a free throw to send the game to halftime with SVC down 38-27.
Scoring was scarce to start the third as Southern Vermont went on a 7-2 run over the first five minutes of the stanza to cut its deficit down to four (40-34). After Newbury notched the next two baskets, SVC scored seven unanswered points, including four from Flagg, to get back within four. Johnson and Longe would then record back-to-back layups as time waned, and a Flagg basket right before the horn set the score at 50-47 in favor of NC going into the final period.
Barnes would put home the first basket of the fourth, and a Flagg layup at the 7:33 mark put Southern Vermont in front 51-50. Newbury would bounce back with eight consecutive points, however, to start a 15-2 run with 11 of those Nighthawk points coming from the charity stripe. Flagg downed a three to trim NC's lead to single digits (65-56), only to see the hosts register another four free throws for six straight points and a comfortable cushion. Newbury carried that upper hand to the buzzer, closing out the win to split the season series.