Lyndon to host Norwich tonight

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The Lyndon women's basketball team returns to the hardwood tonight when they play host to in-state rival Norwich University at 6 p.m. The Hornets dropped their final two contests of the Fall semester and are looking to rebound back into the win column with a victory over the always-tough Cadets.

"It's really going to be a test for us in terms of taking care of the ball," said Lyndon coach Vinnie Maloney. "We also need to focus on doing a better job of playing team defense which has hurt us in the past."

Tonight's contest will mark the debut of two freshman transfers who will be wearing a Hornet uniform for the first time. Maisie Sanchez, a Waterbury, Conn. native who transferred in from St. Joseph's (Maine) College, and Ariel McConkey, a Fryeburg, Maine resident who comes to Lyndon from Central Maine Community College, will be asked to shore up the backcourt and make significant contributions to the team's success in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference season.

"We'll introduce the new players into our system tonight and see where they can be worked in," said Maloney. "Maisie and Ariel are both hard workers who bring speed and athleticism to us offensively and defensively, where we need help. The focus of the Norwich offense centers around two post players and we want to make sure it's tough for them to get the ball."

After tonight's contest, the Hornets will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Sunday with a road contest at Middlebury College. Lyndon opens the 2011 NAC season on Friday, Jan. 14 when it travels to Bangor, Maine to face reigning conference champion Husson University at 6 p.m.