Women’s Basketball Falls 68-48 at Dean

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was downed 68-48 by Dean College Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Pieri Gymnasium.

SVC trailed just 30-25 at the halftime break, but the Bulldogs used a strong third quarter to pull away and have a comfortable advantage through the final period.

The Mountaineers (2-4, 0-2 NECC) are back at home for their next game as Southern Vermont hosts Bay Path University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. league tilt.

Junior Kyra Bruesewitz (Reno, Nev.) led SVC with 18 points while senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) added nine points and game-best 19 rebounds. Freshman Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) tallied nine points, four assists, and two steals for the Mountaineers.

Bruesewitz splashed a triple from the right edge to give Southern Vermont its first lead at 10-8 midway through the first quarter, but DC closed out the frame with eight unanswered points to go back on top.

Bruesewitz then knocked down another pair from behind the arc in the first 1:23 of the second period to tie it up, and the rest of the half would be a back-and-forth struggle. After a Ryan triple made it a 26-25 Bulldog edge, the hosts tallied the final two baskets of the quarter to go into halftime in front by five.

Dean went on a 9-3 spurt to start the third—increasing a lead that would hold through the end of the game. After a 12-2 DC run late in the stanza, SVC freshman Katie Godon (Carmel, Calif.) connected on a pair from the free throw line to make it a 51-35 contest going into the fourth.

The Mountaineers wouldn't get any closer than that the rest of the way as Dean had an answer after each of Southern Vermont's baskets. The Bulldogs outscored SVC by four in the last 10 minutes to close out the league victory.