Lady Cats win two of three to move to third

Rebounding from a difficult home loss last week against Hartford, the UVM women’s basketball team put up a couple of decisive road wins against UNH and Binghamton in the past week. The two victories moved Vermont up to third in the America East rankings with a record of 6-2 and an overall record of 12-9.On Feb. 1, the Lady Cats traveled to meet their rival New Hampshire and ended up with a 69-48 win over the Wildcats. During the game, Vermont got out to an early lead, was up by 12 at halftime and never looked back. Four players for the Lady Cats finished the game in double-digit scoring, including senior Sy Janousek, who came off the bench and recorded a career-high 19 points. Senior Kelli Poles also came off the bench to add nine points and eight rebounds for Vermont.After the game, head coach Sharon Dawley mentioned that she was “thrilled” with Janousek and Poles’ play off the bench on both sides of the court.Also during the win at New Hampshire, senior Jill Rademacher saw her first playing time of the season. Rademacher spent most of the year sidelined with a shoulder injury, but with rehab of the shoulder ahead of schedule, she got to see playing time earlier than originally expected.On Feb. 4, the Lady Cats were pitted against the Binghamton Bearcats. Vermont cruised to a 64-38 blowout victory, grabbing sole possession of third place in the America East Conference.Leading the charge off the bench for UVM was Poles, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. The game marked the second consecutive game – and sixth time this season – that four Lady Cats finished the game with double-digit scoring.During the game, senior Amy Rosenkrantz recorded her 500th rebound and is just 28 points shy of 1,000 points, which would mark her as the 13th UVM women’s basketball player to reach both of these milestones. Unfortunately, Vermont’s winning ways were cut short by A-East leading BU in overtime on Saturday, 64-61. They play next at UMBC on Wednesday.