Lyndonille, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team built a 14-point halftime advantage and made it stand up as they went on to a 57-47 non-conference victory over Lasell College on Thursday evening. With the win the Hornets improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Lasers fall to 2-5.
Cold shooting and solid defense dominated the opening quarter, as the two teams only connected on five of 28 shots combined. Megan Johnson (Concord, NH) went coast to coast for a layup to end the quarter with Lyndon on top, 10-7.
The cold shooting continued through the early part of the second quarter. Lasell's Morgan Church (New London, NH) scored and was fouled at the 5:00 mark, and after her made free throw the Hornet lead was only 15-13. Lyndon suddenly got going offensively, as they closed the half on a 13-1 run which featured three-pointers from Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT), Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH), and Mariah Ramos (Lebanon, NH). The run lifted the Hornets to a 28-14 halftime advantage.
As the second half began the Lasers turned up the defensive pressure and began to climb back in the game. The visitors went on a quick eight point run, fueled in part by three Hornet turnovers against the press, in the first two minutes of the half. When Dana Ross (East Haven, CT) scored off of a steal and feed from Brianna Hoffman (Milford, NH), the Hornet lead was down to six at 28-22. After several trips back and forth where neither team was able to score Lasell's Devyn Markland (Derby, CT) nailed a jumper to extend the run to 10 and narrow the margin to 28-24 with 5:49 remaining in the quarter. Ramos ended the run and got the Hornets on the board for the first time in the quarter when she connected on a three off of a pass from Hodge. Hodge followed with another three and Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) added a pair of free throws and suddenly Lyndon was back up by 12. The Hornets were then able to hold most of the lead as they took a 40-32 lead into the final quarter.
After Johnson connected on a jumper to open the final quarter, Lasell again used defensive pressure to climb back into the game. A Ross steal led to a layup by Becca Fenton (East Hartford, CT), and the Hornets found themselves only up by two, 44-42, with just under six minutes to go. Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) scored out of a timeout to push the lead back to four. Following a Lasell free throw Hodge then scored inside and converted two free throws to put the Hornets back up by seven, 50-43. Lyndon was able to hold off the Lasers the rest of the way and come away with the ten-point victory.
Both teams struggled on offense much of the contest. The Hornets connected on only 19 of 59 shots, including only 7 of 23 from behind the arc. However Lasell fared even worse, making only 19 of 64 shots from the floor and only one of 13 from three-point range. Lyndon held a 51-42 rebounding advantage, which allowed them to overcome turning the ball over 26 times. Lasell turned it over 20 times on the night.
Hodge led the way for the Hornets, logging a double double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Ramos came off the bench to chip in 12 points, while Mitchell grabbed nine boards and Poirier handed out a team high four assists. Church was Lasell's only double figure scorer, tallying a game high 22 points and adding three assists. Jaime Caron (Derry, NH) pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lasers.
The Hornets return to North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon when they host Colby-Sawyer College at 1:00 pm. The Hornet men will follow with a 3:00 pm tip, also against Colby-Sawyer. Students in Lyndon's Psychology and Human Services department will be on hand for the games to raise suicide awareness and provide information on suicide awareness and prevention to those in attendance.
Lasell is off until December 20th, when they travel to Daytona Beach, FL, to take on Rockford University.