BURLINGTON, Vt. - For the second straight season, the Norwich University women's basketball team traveled to take on Division I University of Vermont in Burlington, falling on Thursday night by a 78-28 final score.
Senior captain Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) carried the offense throughout the first half, as she put up ten of her team's 14 first-half points, including her second career three-point bucket. Ultimately, the Catamounts defense was too much in the first half, holding Norwich to only five made field goals in 26 attempts and just the single three-pointer. The two teams entered the halftime break with Vermont holding a commanding 40-14 advantage.
The second half was much of the same, as the Catamounts outscored Norwich 20-11 in the third quarter and 18-3 in the fourth. Freshman Mary Casamassa (Wexford, Pa.) found her shooting stroke in the third quarter, tallying eight of her team's 11 points in the quarter.
Norwich's early-season shooting woes continued on Thursday night, as they shot just 17.6% from the field and 7.1% from three on the night. Vanessa Fleury ended up with 15 points and five rebounds, while Casamassa put up 10 points and seven boards.
The Cadets are next in action this coming weekend, as they travel to compete in the two-day Smith Tip-Off Tournament at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Norwich will then return home to Andrews Hall Gymnasium on November 27th, when they host Pine Manor for a 7:00 PM tip.