Nashua – Senior forward Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) notched a team high 22 points including career-point 1,000 and added 12 rebounds including a game-best eight offensive for her fifth double double of the season, and fellow senior Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) added a season-best 18 points along with eight rebounds as Daniel Webster held off an improving Southern Vermont club, 76-73 in a matchup of New England Collegiate Conference foes Saturday at the Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Gervais, who reached the millennium mark on the front end of a two-shot foul with 1:03 remaining in regulation, became the seventh player to reach the plateau in program history, and the third player in the past seven years to accomplish the feat.
Senior Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 12 points, and a game-high seven assists as the Eagles (5-4, 2-1 NECC), won for the third time in their last four outings. Rookie Allyssa Marson (Bangor, Maine) chipped in with nine points.
Ashily Veliz (Glendale, Cal.) provided a big spark off the bench for the Mountaineers (3-7, 2-1 NECC) finishing with a team best 22 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Joa Claircius (Clermont, Fla.) notched 17 points and nine boards (six offensive). Dayna Carpenter (Northampton, Mass.) added 16 points and seven boards including another six on the offensive glass. Kourtney Hewitt (Bennington, Vt.) chipped in with eight points.
Ball distribution was key for the Eagles, who racked up a season high 25 assists, helping soften the sting of 21 turnovers. DWC eked out a 48-47 edge on the glass, and shot 42-percent from the field while SVC shot 38-percent. The Mountaineers, meanwhile finished with sizable advantages in bench points (38-15), second chance (24-14) and also won the battle in the paint (38-32).
The Eagles trailed for the only time in the second half at 34-32 after a Claircius layup at the 18:21 mark and DWC looked to take control using a 10-0 run over a four minute span keyed by two jumpers from Murphy for a 50-40 lead with 11:47 remaining. But SVC chipped away with a 14-5 run sparked by a jumper and trey from Carpenter to pull back within one (55-54) with 9:06 to go.
The Eagles would flesh the lead back out to as many on six on three occasions including Gervais' 1,000th at the line for a 73-67 lead with 63 seconds showing, but back-to back inside moves from Claircius and Veliz made it a 73-71 game with 41 seconds left.
Gervais would knock down one of two at the line with 20 seconds left and Carpenter made it a two-point game again at 75-73 with 11 seconds left. After Paternostro knocked down one at the line with seven seconds to go, SVC ran an outside play but a three-point attempt at the buzzer clanged out to seal the win.
The Eagles return to action playing game three of a four-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Regis in a NECC matchup at 7:00 p.m.
Southern Vermont visits NECC foe Mitchell on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Game notes: DWC earned their 11th win against six losses in the all-time series with SVC, dating back to 1994 … Gervais, with 1,003 points, is five points from sixth place on the all-time scoring leader board. The leaders include Erin Moseley '08 (1,412), Sheryl Arduino '01 (1,404), Katie Yeaton '04 (1,225), senior Vanessa Bosques (1,182), Jen Krawczyk (1,020), and Nichol Dupont (1,008).