Sam Simononis came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points and Lauren Buschmann added 10 points to lead Vermont past Stony Brook, 46-43, before a season-high crowd of 3,006 at Patrick Gymnasium.
Vermont improves to 8-17 overall and 5-7 in league play, and snaps a five-game losing streak. Stony Brook falls to 13-13 on the year and 5-8 in America East. With the victory the Catamounts move into a tie for fourth place with UMBC in the America East regular season standings.
"I'm extremely excited for our team and proud of the way they played. It was a battle out there, it was very physical and our team played the most complete game in terms of toughness we have played all year. From that standpoint I couldn't be more pleased. Execution wise it was a little ugly at times, but we had a lot of different people step up and play hard and play well," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
Stony Brook held a three-point lead at the 15:35 mark, but Vermont held the Seawolves without a field goal over the next 15 minutes and out scored SBU 21-5 to take a 24-11 with 2:06 left in the half.
Vermont went into the locker room with a 24-14 lead. The Catamounts held Stony Brook to 16.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
Stony Brook cut the lead to seven in the opening minutes of the second half but UVM used an 8-2 spurt to push its lead back to double digits, 36-23, with 9:22 remaining in the game.
SBU climbed back within six, but the Catamounts pushed back out to a 12-point advantage, 43-31 with 2:40 remaining, behind a 7-1 run. Stony Brook's final rally of the game came up short as the Seawolves cut the lead to three twice with under a minute left.
Jessica Previlon scored a game-high 12 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Stony Brook. Chikilra Goodman added nine points and 10 rebounds and Brittany Snow finished the game with 10 points and seven boards.
The Vermont bench out scored the Stony Brook reserves 21-5 in the game behind Simononis' performance. Gracia Hutson also added a spark, grabbing seven rebounds and drawing three charges for the Catamounts. Niki Taylor led UVM on the boards with 10 rebounds and added seven points.
Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (Feb. 20) when it travels to Maine. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Alfond.
Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department
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