BENNINGTON, Vt. – The home team fell short in its comeback bid Thursday afternoon as Southern Vermont College fell 56-46 to Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
After SVC trailed 28-13 at halftime, the Mountaineers were able to trim the deficit by outscoring Elms by two in the third quarter. Southern Vermont cut it to an eight-point ballgame late in the game with some downtown shooting, but the hosts couldn't carry the momentum any further as the Blazers closed out the win.
Southern Vermont (4-12, 2-7) is on the road Saturday for its next game with the Mountaineers visiting New England College for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
The two sides got going with an unusual 1 p.m. start time as SVC hosted Elementary School Day—having over 150 students from Fisher Elementary and Monument Elementary schools' third, fourth, and fifth grade classes in attendance.
The Mountaineers were led by a season-best 13 points from sophomore Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) who went 6-6 from the floor; she also had six rebounds on the day. Junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) tallied nine points and four points in addition to a season-high eight assists, and senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) pulled down a team-best 11 boards.
Elms posted a 41-32 advantage in rebounds to record an 11-6 upper hand in second-chance points.
Southern Vermont had an early edge midway through the first quarter, but the Blazers closed out the frame with eight unanswered points to take control. EC extended its run with six-straight points to start the second, and the visitors padded their lead through the rest of the half to head into the locker room on top by 15.
SVC cut it down to a 10-point deficit with the help of a 3-pointer by junior Sarah Poirier (Ferrisburgh, Vt.), but a 6-1 Blazer run kept it in double digits. Down 49-31 with 3:21 to go, Southern Vermont kicked it into gear and started to build some momentum.
A Hudson layup sparked a 10-0 run over the next two minutes with freshmen Julia Ryan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) each drilling triples. The Mountaineers couldn't get any closer, however, as they had a hard time utilizing Elms turnovers in the end of the contest.
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