NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Hannah Stitely (Westminster, Md.) was just above her career-high 14 points and scored 13 points as the Norwich University women’s basketball team used an offensive explosion in the third quarter to bring down Anna Maria, 52-37, at Andrews Hall on Wednesday night bring.
Haley Brewster (Virginia Beach, Virginia) led the Cadets by 15 points and put down three shots from long range. Stitely had a big day on the glass as she led the team by nine boards, one ahead of her teammate Rahel Botala (Grand Isle, Vt.), who moved in eight.
After Megan Burdett opened the scoring for the AMCATS, Stitely got the Cadets on the board early with a three-point jumper that gave Norwich the lead. Maren McGinn (Georgia, Vt.) would then come down a few possessions later and convert a layup to give the Cadets an early advantage. The Cadets fought hard in the first and used it to give themselves a 13-6 advantage.
In the second half, Norwich was only able to convert 20 percent of their shots from the field while the AMCATS were able to outplay them 16-7 in the second frame as they took a two-half lead.
Norwich didn’t take long to retake the lead in the second half since Brittany Graham (Rye, NH) and Silas Bernier (Jaffrey, NH) scored twice to retake the advantage. In a 24-24 tie, the Cadets scored six points in a row before the AMCATS cut the lead to two.
The Cadets’ response was to spark a 10-0 run that lasted 2:36 seconds and gave Norwich a 42-30 lead into the final frame. Norwich shot 69.2 percent from the field in the third quarter.
The Cadets were able to edge out the AMCATS 10-7 in the last quarter, but never let them come within 10 points when they finished the contest.
Norwich (6-7, 4-2 GNAC) will visit Rivier on Saturday January 29 at 3pm. Competition with the Raiders. They will then play against Elms on Tuesday 1st February at 19:30 CET. Matchup with the Blazers.