Gators Open 2013 with 80-67 Win Over Southern Vt.

Box Score

BENNINGTON, Vt. –Pine Manor College opened 2013 with an 80-67 victory over Southern Vermont College on Sunday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in Bennington, VT.

The Mountaineers came out running and took a quick 7-1 lead over the Gators, however that margin would be squandered in a matter of minutes as PMC closed the gap and took an 11-10 lead after two Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, N.J.) free throws. SVC responded with a 3-pointer by freshman captain Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.); she hit a pull-up jumper soon after to give the Mountaineers a 15-11 edge. Southern Vermont was able to benefit from working the ball low as freshman forward Kala MacKenzie(Fair Haven, Vt.) found quality looks to put down 11 points in the first half.

Pine Manor refused to allow the game to get out of hand and battled back with 3-pointers of its own and converted free throws. Gator freshman Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) made three of her seven shots from beyond the arc in the opening period and then made a free throw to close the half with PMC up 31-30.

SVC started the second half with a 14-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore captain Jyline Varin(Sharon Springs, N.Y.) to take a 43-31 advantage. Lynch put the Gators back in scoring mode with a long-range shot of her own as PMC chipped away at the deficit, eventually tying the game 52-52 with a Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.) layup at the 8:12 mark.

The Gators took a momentary lead, but two free throws by freshman Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) tied it back at 54 each. Lee came back with a 3-pointer, and Pine Manor never looked back; she knocked down 12 points in the final 6:17 of the game to give PMC the 80-67 victory.

Lee finished with a game-high 28 points, 18 coming in the second half; she also had five rebounds and five assists on the day. Lynch followed with 16 points while Franklin recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Flagg and MacKenzie each had 19 points for the Mountaineers, and Anthony finished with 10 of her own. MacKenzie notched her third-straight double-double with a game-high 16 rebounds. Flagg also grabbed four steals on the day while freshman forwardSarah McDonald(Cohoes, N.Y.) had eight rebounds, seven points and a pair of blocks.

The Mountaineers (1-8, 1-1 NECC) return to New England Collegiate Conference action on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. tip at Daniel Webster College, and Pine Manor (3-6) travels to Mt. Ida College on Thursday for a 5 p.m. meeting.

Thanks to Southern Vermont Athletic Communications

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