Rivier pulls away from Lyndon

NASHUA, N.H. - The Rivier University women's basketball team used a 42-point first half to record a73-57 win over Lyndon at the Muldoon Gymnasium. The victory was Rivier's fifth in a row and they improved to 5-2 on the season.

The Hornets defense held the Rivier offense in check over the opening four minutes as they held an 8-2 lead before Raiders Head Coach Paul Williams called a timeout. It seemed to work as the Raiders proceeded to go on a 24-11 run over the next 10 minutes, highlighted by junior Britney Lane's two three-pointers, to give Rivier a 26-13 lead.

Rivier then took a 19 point lead into the locker room as they were able to rattle off a 16-10 run to close out the frame. A.J. Guidi scored 13 first half points to pace the Raiders while Donna Lawson (Irasburg, Vt.) led Lyndon with seven points.

Head Coach Vinnie Maloney got his troops geared for the second half as they came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders. Behind a strong showing from Chelsea Watson (Eliot, Maine), who scored 11 points – including three three-pointers – within the first seven minutes, the Hornets were able to go on a 14-0 run to close the deficit to just five. That would be as close as they would get as the Raiders proved to be too strong down the stretch as Rivier scored 30 points over the remaining 13 minutes to earn their fifth win of the season.

The Raiders were led by Guidi, who netted a game high 20 points – despite shooting just 1-for-9 from beyond the arc. Recently named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week Deanna Purcell added 17 points while Laura Yesu had nine points and 10 rebounds. Guidi also collected 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double performance.

Lyndon was paced by two 14 point nights from Watson and Aimee Thompson (Bradford, Vt.). Thompson also pulled down 10 of the teams 33 rebounds to record a double-double.  With the loss, Lyndon falls to 1-4 on the season and has now dropped three straight decisions.