Friday, November 30th
BURLINGTON, VT - Career-high efforts by sophomore Annie Wheeler (12 points) and freshman Kylie Atwood (11 points) led the Vermont Catamounts to a 59-48 victory over Houston Baptist at Patrick Gymnasium on the first day of the TD Bank Classic.
Atwood, who was making her first career start, went 3-for-5 from 3-point range and added three assists. Wheeler came off the bench and scored her 12 points in 11 minutes on 6-for-11 shooting. She also chipped in four rebounds. Sam Simononis and Lauren Buschmann each added 10 points for UVM.
Shanice Steenholdt led all scorers with 21 points, 14 in the first half, and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to lead Houston Baptist.
"A great win for our team, we really needed that confidence boost," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride. "Even though we have been making strides, we didn't see the results. Tonight was a great opportunity to prove to ourselves that yes, we are getting better and yes, its paying off and here are the results. Defensive intensity is what we have been harping on and I thought we had great effort from a lot of different players tonight and that helped feed our offense."
Vermont, which led wire-to-wire, opened up a seven-point lead on a Gracia Huston layup with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Huskies came back with a 7-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Steenholdt to slice the lead to one, 28-27, with 4:35 remaining in the half. The Catamounts answered with a layup from Buschmann and a 3-pointer from Atwood to push back out in front by six and would take a 33-27 lead at the break.
The Catamounts would put the game away with a 20-0 run over eight minutes in the middle of the second half. Vermont's lead would balloon to 28, 59-31, with 6:39 left in the contest and the Catamounts cruised to the victory to improve to 3-0 at Patrick Gymnasium this season.
In the first game of the TD Bank Classic, Taylor Wootton scored 16 points to lead the Drexel Dragons past Rhode Island, 55-43. The game also marked a homecoming of sorts for URI head coach Cathy Inglese.
Inglese was the head coach at UVM for seven seasons (1986-93) and was making her first trip back to Patrick Gymnasium. The 2012-13 season also marks the 20th anniversary of UVM's back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1991-92 and 1992-93, which Inglese directed.
The TD Bank Classic continues on Saturday (Dec. 1) when URI faces Houston Baptist at 2 p.m. and then Vermont takes on Drexel at 4 p.m. The Vermont/Drexel matchup will be broadcast on WCAXtra throughout the state.
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