Auburn, ME - On the second half of the road trip to Maine, both the Knights and Lady Knights dropped games to Central Maine CC. The men were defeated 64-59, while the women were soundly throttled by the USCAA #1 team 85-49.
In the first game of the day, the women of Vermont Tech simply could not handle the pressure, athleticism and numbers of the Mustangs as the home team took a 10 points lead within the opening 7 minutes and never relented. Fatigue was apparent in the legs of the Lady Knights, as they allowed many points in transition and were short on a good number of shots.
CM proved why they are the #1 team in the USCAA, as they hounded VTC with their full court press and solidly out-rebounded the visitors. The rebounding differential of 58-40 led to 22 2nd chance points for the Mustangs, compared to only 10 for the Knights. In addition, the long bench of the home team was fully utilized, as it scored 40 of the total 85 points, while the Knights' short bench could only come up with 3 points.
Central Maine had a bevy of scorers, led by Maggie Sabine with 18 points, 8 rebounds, Ke Jackson, who came off the bench to score 17, and Carrie Kinder who finished with 10. Danielle McCusker led the way in rebounding with 12.
Ama Baker (Jr./Fitchburg, MA) led Vermont Tech in scoring with 16, and she added 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists. Paige Wells (So./Orleans, VT) put in 14 points, and also led the team in rebounding with 9. Kelly Vellek (Sr./Burlington, VT), the second leading scorer in the nation, was held to a season-low 9 points.
In the second half of the double-header, the men took the floor and dropped a tightly fought contest. Again, as in the women's game, the bench was a key factor. CM used their bench to contribute 23 points compared to just an 8 point output from the bench of the Knights. Despite the 46-36 rebounding advantage for the Knights, they were simply not able to overcome the Mustangs. CM held the 22-9 turnover edge, which greatly aided their cause in the win.
Josh Lindsey (Sr./Palm Bay, FL) led all scorers with 19 points for the Knights, also grabbing 8 rebounds. Alex Tyrrell (Sr./Sydney Australia) and Sam Marler (Fr./Sydney, Australia) both scored 14, with Marler adding 8 rebounds, 5 assists and Tyrrell contributing an additional 6 rebounds, 5 assists.
CM was led in scoring by by both Jalen Lincoln and Ismail Rios, who hit for 13 a piece.
The teams are next in action on Wednesday the 5th of December in a key Divisional contest. The men and women both take on NHTI in games that will feature the top two teams in the Western Division of the YSCC. Women scheduled for 530pm and the men 7.
For the first time this season, the games will be covered live on the web via Central Sports Net at http://cvtsport.net/