Elms blows out Mountaineers at MAC

BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team got down early against Elms and couldn't recover, falling to the Blazers 75-38 at the Mountaineer Athletic Center Thursday night.

Elms came out in complete control, hopping out to a 16-3 advantage late in the first quarter. From there, the game was pretty much all Blazers and there wasn't much that SVC did to stop the blowout.

The Mountaineers struggled mightily to get anything going on the offensive end throughout the contest. SVC shot just 22.2 percent from the field, shooting under 20 percent during two of the quarters.

Elms had plenty plenty more chances to make baskets, as they had 20 more field goal attempts than the Mountaineers did in the game.

SVC coach Christin Gowan thought her team didn't come out with the amount of focus they needed and it hurt them throughout the contest.

"We struggled offensively and then we got frustrated defensively," Gowan said. "We didn't really execute. We were a little unfocused and I don't know if that was them getting back into school. Being a school night and this was the first time they had that, but we just looked out of sorts. Our timing was off. Our shooting percentage was off. It was ugly."

Junior forward Niah Pantry asserted her dominance for the Blazers and the Mountaineers had no answer to stop her.

The New Haven, Conn., native went for a double-double, scoring 22 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Six of her rebounds came on the offensive end. Pantry could have had an even bigger contribution, but she only played 26 minutes in the game, coming out when the game was out of hand in the fourth.

"She's a tough matchup. She's very long and very skilled inside," said Gowan of Pantry. "She can finish any time she catches the ball. With her length and their guards able to enter her the ball, she's can shoot over us, score over us, rebound over us. It was tough with her size."

Regina Leblanc had a strong game for Elms as well. The freshman guard scored 12 points and filled out the stat sheet in other ways with seven rebounds and five assists.

On the SVC, Maddy Main once against paced her team. Main has consistently been relied upon to provide much of the Mountaineers' punch on both ends of the floor and her performance Thursday lived up to that bill.

The junior forward piled up her ninth double-double of the season, with 22 points and 10 rebounds. She played 40 minutes in the contest, with her lone time off the court being 20 seconds at the end of the third quarter. She was strong on the defensive end as well with three steals and a pair of blocks.

"Maddy just plays as hard as she can all night long. She just lulls the ball in and even if she's not shooting a great percentage, she finds a way to get buckets, whether its off of offensive rebounds or drawing fouls," Gowan said. "She's definitely our heart and soul on the floor, the way she plays with so much passion. We just need everybody to play with that fight and fire."

Turnovers were a major undoing for SVC Thursday. The Mountaineers turned the ball over 27 times in the game, with point guard Taylor Mallett racking up 11 turnovers. The Blazers made sure that SVC paid on those mistakes, racking up 28 points off of turnovers.

The loss drops the Mountaineers to 3-14 on the season. They'll be back in action Saturday at home against Newbury College.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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