BENNINGTON, Vt. – Eastern Nazarene College went into the Mountaineer Athletic Center Thursday night and registered a 76-49 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball win over Southern Vermont College.
The visiting Lions went on top by 16 heading into the second quarter before SVC cut it to a 37-26 halftime difference. ENC was able to pad its lead the rest of the way, however, to secure the league victory.
Southern Vermont (4-9, 2-4 NECC) plays host to Mitchell College on Saturday for its next game with that NECC tilt slated to start at 1 p.m. ENC (10-3, 5-1 NECC) is back in action the same day with a 2 p.m. league contest at home against Lesley University.
SVC was led by the sixth double-double of the year from senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) who tallied team-highs of 13 points and 12 boards. Junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) had a season-best 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench, and freshman Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) chipped in with 10 points and three boards on the night.
Eastern Nazarene had just a 40-37 edge in rebounds, but the Lions were able to take advantage of SVC mishaps to outscore the Mountaineers 29-11 in points off turnovers. They also hit seven 3-pointers to Southern Vermont's two and had a 30-20 advantage in points from the paint.
ENC didn't trail all night after scoring off the tip. The Lions then recorded nine unanswered points to finish the first quarter on top 24-8. SVC rattled off nine-straight points in the second frame with five Mountaineers pitching in on the effort as they brought the deficit back to single digits. The teams traded scores through the rest of the period for Eastern Nazarene to go into the intermission ahead 37-26.
The Lions would pull away in the third, however, as they outscored Southern Vermont 23-10 for a comfortable advantage. ENC then edged the Mountaineers by three in the final 10 minutes to close out the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
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