The University of Vermont women’s basketball team will move forward in the NCAA tournament. Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos made sure Vermont didn’t panic after squandering a 14-point lead against Wisconsin.
The pair, who led Vermont in dancing and singing during pregame warmups in the NCAA tournament game, helped the Catamounts regain their composure after falling behind by four points in the second half. Kotsopoulos tied the score with a 3-pointer midway through the second half, then Pilypaitis scored Vermont’s next three baskets, including a three-point play, en route to the 64 to 55 win over the seventh-seeded Badgers.
Pilypaitis scored 25 points and Kotsopoulos added 14 to lead the Catamounts to their first NCAA victory in six tries.
The 10th-seeded Catamounts bucked the trend of the top seed winning in this year’s tournament by overcoming misses on their first nine shots of the second half.
The Cats play again on Tuesday.