Lady Cats earn a pair of A-East blowout wins

After a bit of a rough patch during the middle and late stages of December, the Vermont women’s basketball team seems to be returning to the form that they had expected all season.”It’s good because were really at this point where we have to start turning more corners and becoming a solid team, a team that we are capable of becoming,” head coach Sharon Dawley said after a convincing win over conference foe Stony Brook last Wednesday. Vermont’s five-game losing streak that stretched from mid-December to the beginning of January was perhaps the product of a tough road schedule. Consecutive games at top-20 ranked opponents Louisville and Florida book-ended the holiday season for the Lady Cats.Vermont is now back at .500 (8-8 overall), and with three straight home victories, two of which were against America East opponents, the Lady Cats are in the thick of their in-Conference schedule and poised to live up to their pre-season No. 1 ranking.”You have to own the home games if you’re going to have any shot at it,” Dawley said.The Lady Cats have certainly done that this year, with seven of their eight total victories coming in Patrick Gym. Their most recent was a resounding 35-point win against Stony Brook – their highest win margin in over a year.Vermont’s offense came together during the Stony Brook game, with four players scoring in double-digits. Senior Kelli Poles led the team with 17 points.Senior Guard Amy Rosenkrantz added a double-double, going for 11 points and 10 rebounds. “It’s all mindset,” Rosenkrantz said after the game. “To get after every loose ball and do the things that I can control, everything starts flowing from there.”The start against Stony Brook marked the 100th career game Rosenkrantz has played in for the Lady Cats, with 49 of them being consecutive starts. Rosenkrantz is the 26th Vermont women’s basketball player to reach that milestone.