Women’s Basketball Topped 55-45 at Becker

brenna hudson follows through on a free throw

LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was bested 55-45 by Becker College Tuesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at Leicester Gymnasium.

The Hawks outscored SVC by nine in the second quarter to go into the locker room in front by eight, and they were able to hold off the Mountaineers in the final 20 minutes to take the season's first meeting between the two sides.

Southern Vermont (4-11, 2-6 NECC) is next in action at 1 p.m. on Thursday with a home tilt against Elms College.

Mountaineer freshman Liv Pressley (Richmondville, N.Y.) led the visitors with a season-best 17 points, and senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) followed with nine points while adding five rebounds and a team-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) chipped in with eight points in the effort.

Southern Vermont recorded four 3-pointers while Becker went 0-19 from downtown. The Hawks owned a 38-20 upper hand from the paint, however, while grabbing 45 rebounds to SVC's 35. Both teams turned the ball over 18 times, but Becker was able to take better advantage of those mishaps by outscoring its opponent 29-10 in points off turnovers.

Down 7-3 early into the game, the Mountaineers sparked an 8-0 run which included six points from Hudson. The Hawks answered with a 10-2 run, however, that spanned into the second frame. Becker would then score eight unanswered points of its own to head into the break on top 25-17.

The whole second half was a back-and-forth struggle as the Hawks were able to maintain their separation—keeping SVC from getting any closer than eight the rest of the way. Pressley had nine of her points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to stage a comeback as Becker continued to register baskets at the other end.