LYDONVILLE — The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team, won their season opener on Sunday afternoon against inner state rival Lyndon State 81-59.
Senior forward Turquoia Johnson, led the way for the Mountaineers with a game high and career best 24 points in the contest.
Johnson also added six assists and nine rebounds to here final stat-line in the SVC win.
Fellow senior Shaniquewa Barnes, also had her own milestone to celebrate about. Barnes recorded a career high 16 points to add to her game-best 12 rebounds, that resluted in her first double-double of her college career.
SVC victory over Lyndon State marked the first season opener win for the Mountaineers since they beat Green Mountain to open up the 2010-2011 season.
The Mountaineers will wait a week before it plays it' second game of the season, when the team will play Curry College on Saturday in Curry's weekend long College Tip-Off Tournament.
SVC Cross Country:
WATERFORD, CONN >> The Southern Vermont College mens and women's cross country teams concluded the 2015 season at Saturday's NCAA Regional Qualifier at Harkness Memorial State Park, four of the team's times being personal records with three adjusting the program's record list.
Both the men's and women's team this season have not only raised the bar for SVC Cross Country, but also for our conference and beyond," SVC cross country coach Kathleen Newton. "In very tough, aggressive races today, each athlete held their own as we had many personal bests. They went into this highly competitive meet positively and wanting to make a difference; they accomplished that and more. The women really exceeded my expectations this season. We added some new members, and they immediately became part of the team and contributed to the overall success. They came willing to work hard and improve as a team each day. They were mentally tough and pushed themselves beyond my expectations.
SVC Men's cross country team:
SVC junior Justin Ferguson, led the Mountaineers, running a 5:13 pace on the 8,000 meter ocean-side course to finish at 25:53. That mark moved him up to second on the all-time Southern Vermont record list as he took 25 seconds off his previous personal record.
Sophomore Marc Brandmeyer ,finished next for the Mountaineers, crossing at 25:59 for a time 14 seconds quicker than his previous best. The hometown kid now sits at third on the all-time SVC record chart. Brandmeyer and Ferguson are the only SVC runners to ever register a sub-26:00 in an 8k race (Dan Dix, 2000: 25:23).
Mountaineer junior Corey Barcomb, came through third for the team, posting a 28:27 that ties him for the 10th-best mark on the all-time SVC record list.
Senior captain Cameron Michael Curtiss, made the most of his final collegiate race, taking eight seconds off his previous best for a 28:52 to finish fourth for SVC. Bennington College freshman Noah Froh, completed his rookie season for the Mountaineers, rounding out their team scoring with a 29:16.
SVC Women's Cross-Country team:
The Southern Vermont College women's cross country team recorded its first-ever team score in an NCAA Regional Qualifier on Saturday, the Mountaineers running hard at Harkness Memorial State Park to tally four personal bests and three new top times for the program.
In its second 6,000 meter race of the year, SVC was led by junior captain Shelby Whitman, who took 12 seconds off her previous-best 6k time for a 24:27 showing. Coach Newton still holds the SCV record from her of 24:09 in 2002.
"Shelby has been a great captain and leader for this team," commented Newton. "She cares and supports each person and sets a great example through her work ethic."
Mountaineer junior Schyler McGuire, came through at second for the team, taking 13 seconds off her time from last week's 6k for a time of 27:35.
Senior Emily Freling, ran her final collegiate cross country race on Saturday, taking 33 seconds off her previous-best 6k time for a 28:21, climbing up to seventh on the all-time SVC record list in the process. "Emily F. had a fantastic race for her last cross country meet as a collegiate runner," continued Newton. "She had a great PR as she went out strong and maintained a good pace. Both she and senior Cameron [Curtiss] ran amazingly today!"
Bennington College sophomore Isabella Poulos, followed Freling to place fourth for the Mountaineers, her 28:39 moving her up to eighth on the program's record chart.
Junior Emily Lesure, completed her rookie season, rounding out the team's scoring with a 29:28; that mark was 49 seconds faster than she put up in last week's 6k, just 23 seconds from making it onto SVC's top 10 record list.
"This was the first time in SVC history that the women had a full team at NCAA Regionals, and that says a lot about this team and the program." Newton said. My emotions are running high with pride, respect, appreciation for both teams. They have made a season for all to remember and one to look forward to in 2016. I feel honored and thankful to be their coach!"