BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Norwich women's basketball was in tough against a strong University of Vermont NCAA Division I team on Wednesday evening at Patrick Gym. The Cadets hung tough in the early going but were overmatched in an 86-40 loss to the Catamounts.
Junior forward Kailynne Frederick (Adams, Mass.) matched Vermont's (3-6) first score of the opening period with a layup, but the Catamounts would break away with an 11-0 run to build a 13-2 lead. The hosts doubled that by the end of the quarter leading 26-7 heading into the second stanza.
A 5-0 run by Norwich (2-4) near the start of the second quarter reduced the lead to 27-12 and junior guard Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) made a jumper at the 3:21 mark to bring the Cadets to within 14 points at 30-16. That would be as close as Norwich would get despite almost matching the Catamounts shot-for-shot in the second quarter. The hosts took a 36-18 lead into the break.
Vermont gradually pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Cadets 50-22 in the second half.
Bennett led all Cadet scorers with ten points in the game and added seven rebounds in the loss. Frederick contributed eight points, while Caileigh Travers (Cottage Valley, N.Y.) amassed seven points and a team-high nine boards doing the dirty work down low in the paint for the Cadets.
The Cadets will return home this weekend to host the 28th annual Ed Hockenbury Classic. Norwich will open the tournament against Coast Guard Academy on Friday at 6 p.m.