Women’s Basketball Edged 53-48 by NVU-Johnson

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team dropped a tight non-conference tilt Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center—falling 53-48 to Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

The Badgers trailed 25-22 at halftime, but they came back to outscore SVC in each of the next two quarters to pull ahead and preserve the upper hand.

Southern Vermont (3-7) is off until Wednesday, January 2 when the Mountaineers resume action with a 5 p.m. non-league contest at Mass. College of Liberal Arts.

Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) led SVC in both the points (10) and rebounds (16) columns to record her fourth double-double of the year. Sophomore Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) followed with nine points and six boards while junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine.) had six points, six rebounds, and three assists. Freshman Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) posted seven points and five boards in just 12 minutes off the bench.

The Mountaineers had a strong advantage on the glass with 59 rebounds to Johnson's 30; SVC had a 26-8 upper hand in offensive boards to outscore the Badgers 17-4 in second-chance points. The visitors chalked 20 points in the paint to Southern Vermont's 14, however, and won the turnover battle to outscore their opponent 21-12 in points off giveaways.

Johnson ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run to head into the second on top 16-10. The Mountaineers answered in the next frame and tallied an 11-2 upper hand through the five eight minutes; five players got in on the scoring action during that stretch. The Badgers notched four of their six points during the quarter in the final 1:32, but Simmons drilled a three to help her team stay in front and post a three-point halftime lead.

A triple early into the third made way for Johnson to pull ahead, but the Badgers could not sustain the advantage as there were another three lead changes throughout the second half. The last three points of the quarter came from the Mountaineers' free throw line and gave the hosts a slim 35-34 edge going into the final stanza.

Johnson scored the first eight points of the fourth, however, and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. A Main layup with 2:26 to go made it a 51-47 ballgame, and both sides struggled to score through the remainder of the night. The Badgers hit just enough of their free throws late in the game to stay on top and finish it off.