BENNINGTON, Vt. – A strong second quarter allowed Dean College to walk out of the Mountaineer Athletic Center Tuesday night with a 72-52 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win over Southern Vermont College.
The Mountaineers led by three after the first 10 minutes, but DC outscored the hosts by 23 in the next frame to bring a 41-21 upper hand to the break. The second half was even for the Bulldogs to sustain their separation and take the season sweep of SVC.
Southern Vermont (4-14, 2-9 NECC) is next in action on Sunday with a 1 p.m. tilt against Bay Path University—that game to be played at Elms College. Dean (7-11, 5-6 NECC) hosts Eastern Nazarene College at 2 p.m. on Saturday for its next matchup.
Coaching staffs from both sides were outfitted in order to support the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week Tuesday evening with proceeds from admission going to support the organization.
SVC freshman Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) had a season-best 16 points in 22 minutes off the bench—knocking down four shots from beyond the arc. Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) added 11 points while registering five rebounds and four assists in the effort, and junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) also had five boards in addition to six points during 12 minutes of reserve time.
A pair of Bulldogs hit the 20-point mark with senior Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) and sophomore Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) posting 22 and 21, respectively. Pina added seven steals and five rebounds while freshman Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.) had 14 points and a game-best six rebounds in the win.
Dean secured a slim 39-37 edge in rebounds throughout the night while committing 20 turnovers to the Mountaineers' 25. The visitors used those miscues to outscore SVC 30-16 in points off turnovers, and they also had a 50-26 advantage from the paint.
DC pressured Southern Vermont in the backcourt early on—forcing four quick turnovers as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Mountaineers came storming back with 11 unanswered points, however, as Main hit a pair of layups after Fulton dropped in her first triple.
The SVC advantage wouldn't last long as Dean went back on top with the first possession of the second quarter, and the Bulldogs never trailed after that. Pina had 13 points in the third stanza as DC eventually built its lead to 29 midway through the period. The Bulldogs were able to maintain their distance the rest of the way—only allowing SVC to cut into the deficit by four through the final 10 minutes.
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