Northfield, Vermont – Norwich University women’s basketball scored a pivotal victory in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) this afternoon. Rachel Botala (Grand Isle, Vermont) Beat Johnson & Wales 58-52 at Andrews Hall on Saturday afternoon.
hayley brewster (Virginia Beach, Virginia) scored a game-high 20 points, followed by Botarra with 18 points and 7 points and 5 assists. Maren McGuinn (Georgia, Vermont) He had an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double in the 5-9 clip from the floor.
The defense had the full initiative to turn things around as the Cadets held the Wildcats scoreless for the first six minutes and coasted to a 10-0 lead. Johnson & Wales found some life in the quarter-court heave banked in at the buzzer at the end of the opening frame, leading to the Wildcats outscoring Norwich 22-9 and leading 28-23 in the second quarter. It’s half time.
Cadet started the stanza again enlivened when McGuinn made a personal 5–0 run that was capped off by the Brewster jumper, giving Norwich a 30–28 lead with under two minutes to go. Brewster extended Norwich’s edge to six heading into the final ten minutes before knocking down two trays in the final minutes.
Fate tied things up in a 4-0 spurt in favor of Johnson & Wales from the 4th quarter gate.A clutch basket and free throw from Botarra followed by his 3 straight freebie from Brewster and Cyrus Bernier (Jaffrey, New Hampshire)helped Norwich ice the game despite the Wildcats’ best attempts.
“I was very impressed with how our team started the game and how they responded in the second half with a strong run by a very good Johnson & Wales team to take the lead before half-time. I’m proud of you,” said the head coach. Mark Zucker Said. “We have shown tremendous composure and perseverance in following our game plan and doing what it takes to compete and win. Victory.”
Norwich held their edge with a point from the turnover (19-15) and a point in the paint (26-18) enjoying a 17-23 clip from the charity stripes. The Cadets also rolled in the rebounding battle, pulling 50 carroms down to his 29 for the Wildcats.
The Cadets next travel to Paxton, Massachusetts, where they face off at Anna Maria College on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. St. Joseph.