Women’s Basketball Drops 49-30 NECC Tilt to Becker

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team fell in its final home game of the year Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center as Becker College took home a 49-30 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory.

The Hawks pulled away at the end of the second quarter to bring a 25-10 upper hand to the locker room, and they maintained the separation through the final 20 minutes for the win.

The Mountaineers (6-18, 4-13 NECC) finish the regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip-off at Elms College. Becker (18-6, 15-2 NECC) visits Mitchell College the same day for a 12 p.m. season finale.

SVC junior Taylor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) led the team with seven points, and she also had three steals on the night. Senior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) had six points while tying the game-high of seven rebounds in her final collegiate game at the MAC, and junior Di Smith (Troy, N.Y.) chipped in with another six points.

Becker senior Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) reached another career milestone as her seven boards gave her exactly 1,000 in her collegiate tenure; she also posted 10 points and three steals. Junior Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) had a game-best 17 points, and senior Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) registered 12 points, four rebounds, and three steals in the win.

The Hawks pulled down a 35-27 advantage off the glass but only outscored SVC 12-8 in second-chance points. Becker had a slim 20-16 upper hand in the paint and just a 14-13 edge in points off turnovers. The visitors hit 16 free throws to Southern Vermont's five, however, and ran the court to outscore the Mountaineers 8-0 in fast-break points.

Strong defense on both ends of the floor led to long possessions and stifled offenses through first 15 minutes; Becker led just 9-5 after the opening period and 10-5 near the midpoint of the second. Southern Vermont would tie it up when freshman Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, but the rest of the half was controlled by the Hawks as they closed it out on a 15-0 run; McCissick and Harrison each had four points during that stretch.

Back-to-back Mountaineer triples midway through the third made it an 11-point difference, but that's the closest Southern Vermont would get the rest of the way. Becker outscored the Mountaineers by seven in the final 10 minutes with Dowdy and Harrison dropping five and four points, respectively.