Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON –– Senior forward Hanna Crymble led the way for Vermont with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Catamounts took down Navy 64-56 Friday night at Patrick Gym. With the win, the Catamounts improved to 2-3 this season while the Midshipmen fell to 2-2.
“Proud of the way we played against a very tough Navy,” said head coach Alisa Kresge. “We were able to see improvements from last game to this game. It was a great team win. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for a very good Rhode Island team.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Charlotte, Vermont native Laurel Jaunich started the scoring for the Midshipmen quickly putting up five points as Navy established an early 8-2 advantage. The Catamounts would close the opening frame on a 12-4 run highlighted by two three-pointers from junior guard and America East Player of the Week Josie Larkins.
In the second quarter Emma Utterback continued the Catamounts hot start from downtown with six points. Her second triple of the quarter pushed UVM’s advantage to 12 at 34-22. Navy’s Sophie Gatzounas hit a buzzer-beating three to end the half so UVM took a nine-point edge into the break, their largest halftime lead of the season.
Hanna Crymble scored the first four points of the second half for UVM as they pushed their advantage to 11 in the early stages of the third quarter. The Mids responded with an 9-0 run, Kolbi Green hit a three-pointer with 4:50 left in the third quarter to make it 38-36 Vermont and force a Catamounts timeout. Delaney Richason hit a three-pointer with 1:39 left to give UVM a 47-42 edge heading to the final frame.
Just nine seconds into the quarter Rose Caverly converted a three-point play from the free throw line to extend the UVM advantage to eight. With 5:31 to play Richason banked-in a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give UVM a 12-point edge.
The Midshipmen were able to cut the UVM lead to eight in the closing minutes but that was as close as they’d come as Vermont won its second straight home contest.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Emma Utterback and Josie Larkins were both a perfect three-for-three from downtown for the Catamounts in the first half.
Rose Caverly set a new career-high with eight assists. She also had eight points and seven rebounds.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to Make-A-Wish Vermont, bringing this year’s total to 99 wins and $9,900. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support. Vermont Mutual Insurance, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont heads back on the road for a single game before Thanksgiving at Rhode Island on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Fans can also listen to the contest on AM-620/96.3 FM WVMT with Maura Sheridan on the call.