HENNIKER, N.H. - Lyndon State College's women's basketball team (2-7, 1-3 NAC) hit the court again after a long break, traveling to New England College (6-5, 1-4 NAC) to continue North Atlantic Conference play, giving NEC their first conference win of the season, dropping the contest 69-56.
Both teams came out rusty, missing shots, turning the ball over, and taking their time getting back into the game mindset. NEC's Utshana Durham (Brooklyn, N.Y.) accounted for their first five points, while Allison Brown (Monroe, N.H.) and Brittney Lafreniere (Randolph, Vt.) added a three pointer and layup, respectively, tying the game up. NEC then went on a 13-0 run until Lyndon's Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) hit a three pointer at the buzzer, NEC leading 18-8. NEC's full court press proved to rattle Lyndon, getting many points off of turnovers. NEC ended the first half up 37-17.
Down 20 to start the second half, Lyndon was able to cut NEC's advantage to nine with 4:16 left in the third quarter, notching 18 points to NEC's 9. Rolling into the fourth and final quarter, NEC outscored the Hornets by two, 23-21, taking the contest 69-56.
Lyndon's Thompson finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, N.H.) pitched in 11 points, 4 rebounds. Leading the Hornets on the boards was Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) who pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
NEC's Breana Ramirez (Paterson, N.J.) finished the game with a double-double registering 12 points and 10 rebounds. Durham finished with a game-high 15 points, while Maranda Parker (Huntsville, Utah) chipped in 14 points and Tiffany Davis (Baltimore, Md.) led all rebounders with 11 on the night.
Lyndon travels to Thomas College on Friday, January 8th with a 5:30PM tip-off to continue conference play.
NEC will be back in action on Thursday, January 7th when they host non-conference opponent Bay Path College at 5:00PM.