Bennington, VT- MCLA's Paige Vincent scored a career high 14 points while Kayla Hotaling became the newest member of the 1,000 point club as the duo led the women's basketball program past the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 80-48 this evening in non league action. It's the second straight win for MCLA as they improve to 9-14 on the season. The Mountaineers are just 1-22.
The hype prior to the tip was Hotaling. The senior forward needed just three points to get to the milestone and she didn't take long to get there. She scored her first basket just two minutes into the contest before reaching the plateau with 5:43 left in the first quarter. She would take a pass on the left wing and drive towards the block. She would draw the foul, but convert the basket setting off a brief celebration for her teammates.
Hotaling is the seventh Trailblazer to reach the mark and first since Lucy Tremblay accomplished the feat back in 2013. She ended with 9 points and now has 1,006 for her career heading into the regular season finale Saturday at Bridgewater State.
With Hotaling's mark in tow, the Trailblazers wasted little time in putting the game away. They jumped out to a commanding 23-11 lead after the first quarter and then eventually led 45-18 at halftime. The Trailblazers were never threatened in the second half thanks to Vincent's hot shooting.
The guard connected on 5-8 attempts from the floor including a 4-6 showing from beyond the arc for her team best 14 point night. Both the points and three pointers were career bests for Vincent. Courtney Pingelski had a solid night off the bench as well scoring 12 points with a perfect 4-4 night from three.
The Trailblazers scored a season high 80 points after shooting 47% from the floor, but an impressive 54% (13-24) from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers were paced by Chloe Longe's game high 16 point night. Amber Lesure added 13 points off the bench in defeat.
Hotaling scores her 1,000th career point in a Trailblazer uniform