Women’s Basketball Downed 66-27 in NECC Tilt at Becker

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LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell 66-27 Tuesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Becker College's Leicester Gymnasium.

A big first quarter gave the Hawks a 23-point lead after the opening 10 minutes, and they were able to gain some additional separation the rest of the way to remain undefeated in league action.

SVC (2-9, 1-3 NECC) now prepares for a 1 p.m. Saturday home game against SUNY Cobleskill which will serve as the Mountaineers' final contest before their winter break.

Southern Vermont sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) had a team-best 10 points while adding five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the effort. Junior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and she also had six points, three assists, three steals, and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) pitched in with five points and five boards in 22 minutes off the bench.

Becker connected on 51.7 percent (30-58) of its field goal attempts while holding SVC to a 26.8 percent (11-41) clip from the floor. Southern Vermont grabbed a 32-28 advantage in rebounds, but the Mountaineers were outscored 32-8 in points off turnovers during the evening.

A Mallett layup early in the game gave the visitors a minor edge, but Becker then surged to a 19-0 run for a comfortable upper hand. Baskets were scarce in the second quarter with SVC outscoring the Hawks just 7-6 to go into the locker room down by 22. Mallett, Biggers, and freshman Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) teamed up for six unanswered points before a total of five points were registered through the final 6:10 of the half.

Main and Biggers each knocked down a basket from beyond the perimeter in the third quarter, but Becker hit three of its own in response. The hosts then closed out the night in the final stanza for their third Conference win.