BENNINGTON, Vt. — A day after being named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week, Southern Vermont College senior Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Player of the Week for the period ending December 13, 2015.
As the captain has been honored with the NECC's top weekly laurel four times while at SVC, this is just the first time she's being recognized by the ECAC during her illustrious career.
Flagg was stellar in the Mountaineers' lone game last week, helping Southern Vermont down New England College 89-84 in overtime on Tuesday; that was SVC's first-ever victory over the Pilgrims in 13 all-time meetings between the two sides. The senior's 15-15 performance at the free throw line, which included an 8-8 clip in the final 1:19 of overtime to fend off NEC, helped her break two Southern Vermont scoring records in the same night. Flagg entered the game needing 12 points to break SVC's all-time scoring mark of 1,492, and she reached that in just the first 8:13 of play with 13 points in the opening quarter.
The senior captain went on to score 40 points on the evening, topping the Mountaineers' previous single game high mark of 38 set by Southern Vermont Hall of Famer Denise Welch. That gave her 1,521 points in her career at SVC, making her just the second Mountaineer from either the women's or men's team to surpass the 1,500 point plateau. Flagg was also 5-9 from three-point range while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out seven assists against NEC. Flagg added two steals and a block to her line in the win, playing 43 minutes as she was forced to leave the court only briefly for an injury stoppage.
Flagg and the Mountaineers are off until January 4, resuming play with non-conference action at Mass. College of Liberal Arts.