Harrison's hot hand leads Women's Basketball over Southern Vermont

Cassidy Harrison

BENNINGTON, Vt. --- The Becker College women's basketball team won 60-42 at Southern Vermont College on Tuesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The visiting Hawks took a 38-21 lead by the end of the second period before outscoring SVC by 12 in the third to open it up and take the season sweep.

Southern Vermont (3-18, 2-10 NECC) hits the road for its next game as the Mountaineers visit Dean College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. league start. Becker (12-7, 8-3 NECC) is back in action at the same time with a non-league game at prior-NECC foe Regis College.

SVC junior Maddy Main (Bennington, Vt.) registered her third-straight double-double and her 12th of the season with a team-high 21 points and a game-best 14 rebounds; she also notched four blocks on the night. Sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) and freshman Brenna Hudson (Malone, N.Y.) each had six points and five boards for the Mountaineers.

Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) went 9-14 from the floor with a 4-6 clip from beyond the arc to chalk up a game-high 28 points. Junior Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) scored seven points while pulling down a Hawk-best nine rebounds, and sophomore Sarah Ware (Oakham, Mass.) chipped in with five points, five rebounds, and three assists.

The visitors grabbed a 38-33 advantage on the glass throughout the night while outscoring SVC 25-7 in points off turnovers. The Hawks made the most of their quick transition offense to notch 11 fast-break points to Southern Vermont's two.

Both sides connected early from downtown as the two teams combined for five made 3-pointers by the 2:47 mark of the first quarter—the last being a Dowdy trey which gave Becker a 13-8 edge. A triple by junior Katey Anderson (Beachwood, N.J.) capped a 13-1 Hawk run which spanned into the second stanza, and she would hit another soon-after to help the visitors go on top 32-13 with the first three of 12 unanswered points. SVC chipped away late in the half, however, with Main dropping one from outside the perimeter before she set up Biggers for a three with time expiring—the Mountaineer sophomore's last-second downtown bucket making it a 17-point difference at the break.

After SVC brought it down to a 40-25 Hawk lead, however, Becker closed out the third quarter with a 16-2 run; Harrison had eight points in that stretch with a pair of 3-pointers, and freshman Alli Ablondi (Thompson, Conn.) drilled one of her own. The Mountaineers outscored Becker 15-4 in the final 10 minutes with Main notching nine of her points, but it was not enough to get the hosts back into it as Becker ran out the time and walked out with the win.