BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team made a valiant effort to give Mitchell College its first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) loss of the year Saturday afternoon, but the Mariners were able to overtake the hosts and walk out of the Mountaineer Athletic Center with the win.
SVC led by eight after the opening quarter before MC came back to make it a 22-20 Mountaineer edge at the break. Mitchell pulled ahead in the final seconds of the third period and never let go of the lead after that en route to staying undefeated in league play.
Both teams play their next game on Tuesday with SVC (4-10, 2-5 NECC) heading to Becker College for a 6 p.m. tip while Mitchell (8-5, 7-0 NECC) hosts Eastern Nazarene College at the same time.
Southern Vermont freshman Liv Pressley (Richmondville, N.Y.) led her crew with 10 points while senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with her six points, three assists, and two steals. Freshman Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) had seven points and three boards off the bench.
MC bested the Mountaineers in field goal percentage with a 36.5 (23-63) while SVC finished at 31.9 (15-47). The Mariners dominated the boards with a 47-28 advantage in rebounds to outscore Southern Vermont 17-3 in second-chance points.
Four Mountaineers contributed to a 10-1 run which put them on top early in the afternoon. Simmons then drilled a trey late in the first quarter before Main hit a jumper on the ensuing possession for SVC to head into the second in front 15-7. Mitchell would make a push late in the second stanza, however, to get within two before the intermission.
The teams traded scores in the third stanza before MC got the final two baskets of the period for a 35-34 edge. The Mariners controlled the fourth quarter as they outscored SVC by 11 to pad the cushion and seal the victory.
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