BENNINGTON, Vt. –The Bay Path College Wildcats posted another win in the Green Mountain State last night, Thursday, January 23, edging out the Southern Vermont College (SVC) Mountaineers women’s basketball team 74-60. Bay Path senior captain Kayla Skiffington (East Longmeadow, Mass.) shot a game-high of 27 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
Skiffington posted five steals and three blocks while senior captain Justine Hook (Berwick, Pa.) scored 17 on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point distance. Freshman guard Aaliyah Gordon (Springfield, Mass.) totaled 16 points, five boards and three assists in the victory.
The Wildcats owned the edge in shooting percentage finishing at a 35.9 percent clip (23-64) while the Mountaineers were held to just 30.1 percent (22-73). The two sides were fairly even at shooting in the key with Bay Path taking a 30-28 points in the paint advantage, but the Wildcats hit the boards hard to control a 56-47 rebound tally.
The early going did not see a lot of scoring as a pair of converted free throws made it just 9-4 in favor of the Wildcats with 13:22 to go in the first. That started a 9-0 Mountaineer run that ended with another pair from Southern Vermont as they took an 11-9 lead. Undeterred, the Wildcats bounced right back with 10 unanswered of their own with the help of two from downtown by Hook to put the team ahead 19-11 at the 9:00 mark.
SVC chipped away at the Bay Path lead and looked to have the momentum after sophomore guard Marissa Myers (E. Chatham, N.Y.) came off the bench and knocked down a three to close the gap to 21-19. Soon after, however, Hook hit her fourth triple of the period, and sophomore center Gladys Reed (Hamden, Conn.) powered down low for an easy two as Bay Path took a 26-19 lead. The two sides traded baskets down the stretch and went into the break with BPC up 34-25.
Hook had all five of her three-pointers in the first for a half-high 15 points while SVC sophomore Amber Flagg (Windsor, Conn.) was right behind with 14 for the Mountaineers.
Bay Path maintained its nine-point lead through the opening four minutes of the second half, but that would be when Southern Vermont closed in to threaten taking the lead back. In less than a minute and a half, SVC freshman Abbi Molner (Wilmington, Vt.) made two layups, sandwiching a free throw and a third lay-in by sophomore guard Mariah Anthony (Northfield, Mass.) to make it a 44-38 game with 14:10 on the clock. Over the next three minutes of play, neither team made a basket as the two sides totaled six turnovers, the last being a BPC shot clock violation. Southern Vermont took advantage when with a short jumper to trim the Wildcat lead to just four (44-40).
Bay Path would then open the game up with a 19-4 run over the next 4:32 of play to take a commanding 68-48 lead that was too much for the Mountaineers to overcome. Flagg scored eight points in the closing four minutes, but the Wildcats continued to convert on the offensive end en route to the 74-60 final.
Bay Path (6-11, 5-5 NECC) faces rival Regis College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Go Wildcats!
Michael Nosek, Sports Information Director
Southern Vermont College