Women’s Basketball Downed Late in 77-69 Loss to Mount Ida

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team put forward one of its best offensive performances of the season Thursday afternoon, but the visiting Mount Ida College Mustangs were able to pull away late in the fourth quarter for a 77-69 non-conference win at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The two sides were knotted at 36-36 after the opening 20 minutes of action before MIC gained the upper hand in the final two stanzas to take what was the only women's or men's Division III game played in all of New England on Thursday due to Winter Storm Grayson.

Both teams are next in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday with home league games; Southern Vermont (2-11) begins the remainder of its New England Collegiate Conference schedule against Dean College while Mount Ida starts the bulk of its Great Northeast Athletic Conference slate versus Rivier University.

SVC junior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) notched a double-double—her fifth of the season—with 15 points and 12 rebounds while adding three blocks to her line. The Mountaineers received 14 points from freshman Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) along with 12 points and a career-best 12 assists from sophomore Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) who tallied her first collegiate double-double. Sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) registered 12 points and eight boards for the hosts while junior captain Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) had a career-high 12 points and four rebounds.

The Mountaineers shot nearly 50 percent from the field (28-57) and canned nine three-pointers while holding a 41-29 rebounding advantage in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Southern Vermont's 69 points and 49.1 percent clip from the floor was the team's best since it dropped 88 on 51.7 percent shooting against Lesley University on January 30, 2016.

The Mustangs (7-3) shot 64 percent from the field in the opening quarter to take an early 21-16 advantage, but the Mountaineers responded with an 8-0 run in the first 2:19 of the second stanza to grab a 24-23 edge on a Main lay-in. The squads battled to a 36-36 draw at the break before a 3-pointer by Biggers gave Southern Vermont a 45-43 lead with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter. A Mount Ida triple, however, then sparked a 9-0 run over a 3:16 stretch which gave the visitors a 53-45 upper hand.

MIC maintained that eight-point advantage (61-53) heading into the final 10 minutes of action, but the Mountaineers then began the fourth quarter with nine unanswered points of their own to take a 62-61 lead on a Hudson layup with 7:31 to play. The teams traded baskets before a Mustang 3-pointer on the 18th-and-final lead change of the day gave the visitors a 66-65 edge with just under seven minutes remaining, and Mount Ida then closed out the game on an 11-4 run.