LYNDON CENTER, Vt. ---The Lyndon State College's women's basketball team held a dominating 62-32 advantage on the glass and topped Thomas College, 53-36, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Saturday afternoon.
Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) was a force inside for the Hornets (4-14, 3-9 NAC), posting 23 points and 19 rebounds. Brittney LaFreniere (Randolph, Vt.) and Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) had six points apiece, while Victoria Carlson (East Haven, Conn.) had four points, five assists and four rebounds and Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) had four points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Katie McAllister led Thomas (2-17, 1-11 NAC) with 10 points, while Tess McClenahan had nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Ashleigh Gagne totaled eight points and Jordan Agger-Barnes finished with six off the bench.
Within the first ten minutes, Hodge knocked in eight points and pulled down seven rebounds. Lyndon went on an 8-0 run until McAllister drove in and made the layup for the Terriers. After Lyndon knocked in four more points, Thomas went on a 7-0 run led by McAllister and Ashleigh Gagne. Lyndon would close out the quarter with three more points, leading 15-9.
Lyndon continued to hold the lead as they scored six of their ten points in the second quarter off of free throws. The Terriers came up short only depositing seven, ending the first half down, 25-16.
The Terriers started the second half with a layup by Kelly Macomber. Hodge sunk two more free throws after a foul from Gagne. After Thompson nailed in a jump shot, Thomas drilled in seven straight points, coming within four at the 3:59 mark, down 25-29. However, the Hornets quickly widened the gap again scoring 12 to the Terriers 2, leading 41-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams were held scoreless within the first five minutes of the final quarter until McClenahan knocked in a layup. Lyndon continued to dominate offensively, gaining their largest lead of 19 points at the 1:07 mark. With the 53-36 finish, Lyndon gained their third conference win of the season.
The Hornets will be traveling to Husson University Friday, February 5th with a 5:30 p.m tip.
The Terriers will be hosting Castleton on Friday, February 5th at 5:30 p.m