MAHWAH, N.J. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team fell into an early hole and nearly climbed out of it Friday night during the opening round of Ramapo College's Roadrunner Tip-off Tournament, but St. Joseph's College Brooklyn was able to hold off the Mountaineers to claim an 85-63 victory at Bradley Center.
SJC went up 30-18 by the end of the first quarter before going into the locker room on top by 21. SVC's comeback would fall short, however, as Southern Vermont couldn't get closer than eight in the second half.
Southern Vermont (1-2) concludes its visit to the Garden State on Saturday with a 12 p.m. consolation game against Medgar Evers College.
Mountaineer senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) tallied her second-straight double-double with 13 points and a team-best 13 rebounds. Junior Kyra Bruesewitz (Reno, Nev.) had another 13 points for Southern Vermont while adding five assists and three steals to her line. Freshman Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) chipped in with seven points and six boards in the effort.
St. Joseph's scored the first 12 points of the game and never let go of the lead. Bruesewitz scored eight-straight SVC points towards the end of the first quarter before Main and junior Danielle Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) knocked down back-to-back triples to cut it to a 32-26 Bears advantage. The hosts closed out the opening half on an 18-3 run, however, with a 3-pointer right before the buzzer sending St. Joseph's into the break in front by 21.
The Mountaineers dropped three-straight layups—two from Ryan—early into the third stanza before scoring 13 unanswered points to get themselves back in it; Main had seven of those including three from beyond the arc. SVC cut it to an eight-point game on a Bruesewitz lay-in with 5:01 to go, but the Bears were able to pull away in the final minutes for the win.
St. Joseph's hit consecutive treys during a 19-5 run which ended the game and sent the Bears into Saturday's championship round.
– #LetsGoSVC –