Women’s Basketball Opens NECC Action with 57-35 Loss at Newbury

brianna soucy shoots the ball

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell 57-35 to Newbury College Saturday afternoon in the two sides' New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball opener at Pappas Gym.

The hosting Nighthawks brought a 22-14 lead into the locker room before extending it in the final 20 minutes to close out the league showdown.

SVC (1-7) continues the Conference schedule on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. tip-off at Lesley University.

Mountaineer sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) tallied a team-high 13 points while adding four rebounds and three assists to her line. Junior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) had eight points and 10 rebounds for the visitors, and sophomore Sarah Poirier (Ferrisburgh, Vt.) chipped in with 10 more boards and five points.

NC took a 58-46 advantage in rebounds as the Nighthawks outscored SVC 19-8 in second-chance points.

Scoring was scarce in first quarter as a pair of buckets from Southern Vermont freshman Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) made it a 6-2 Mountaineer advantage with 3:14 left on the clock. Three Nighthawk free throws and a trey then sent the game to the second stanza with the hosts in front by three.

Neither side found the bottom of the net through the opening three minutes of the next period, but SVC sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) would then drop one from downtown to make it just an 11-10 Nighthawk edge. Newbury would close out the half on a 13-2 run, however, to garner some breathing room at the intermission.

12 unanswered NC points to start the third frame put the Nighthawks by 22, and they would then maintain the separation through the final horn. Mallett had seven of her 13 points in the fourth quarter.