NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Lyndon State College women's basketball squad traveled to Norwich University for some non-conference action Tuesday night, leaving with a 59-48 loss.
Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) was a force in the paint for Lyndon State all night, using her floater to score a team-best 12 points and seven rebounds. Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, Maine) scored nine points for the Hornets, tying Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, Vt.) in scoring.
Heather LeBlanc (Sanford, Maine) was Norwich's leader in point scoring with fifteen along with 11 rebounds. Shyann Josler (Thetford Center, Vt.) scored 13 points while teammate Arianna Harrison (Vernon, Vt.) fell one rebound short of a double-double, scoring 12 points and hauling in nine caroms.
With the score tied at seven points, Kayla Mercer (New Britain, Conn.) hit on a three-point basket to create a 10-7 advantage with 5:11 left in the first stanza. Harrison and Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) would net baskets for the Cadets before a late layup by Norwich created a 16-9 lead after the first quarter of play.
Norwich opened up two separate three-point leads early in the second quarter as a Josler layup and back-to-back free throw makes by Mercer led to a 24-11 lead with 6:47 to go in the second quarter. Lyndon State answered with three treys down the stretch, cutting the Norwich lead to 28-20 before a late heave by Harrison from beyond the arc set the halftime score at 31-20.
The Cadets had three-separate leads of 16 points in the third quarter, the latest advantage coming off of a Josler triple. Ultimately, Norwich held on to a 51-36 lead following a layup from Leanne Winans (Hudson, N.H.) with only 41 ticks left on the third quarter scoreboard. The Cadets controlled scoring in the paint, 12-to-6, in the stanza.
Lyndon State kept up great offensive pressure in the fourth quarter, outscoring Norwich by an 11-2 margin in the first 7:07 of the quarter. Britch made all three of her three-point attempts during that span, fueling a run that shrunk the Cadets lead to 53-47 with 2:53 left in regulation time.
A clutch LeBlanc layup on the next possession would slow the Lyndon State momentum. The victory was sealed for Norwich following a long inbounds pass by Harrison that hooked up with a sprinting Josler – the fast-break layup elevated Norwich to a 57-48 lead, an advantage that would grow to 59-48 following free throws from Mercer in the final 25 seconds.
Lyndon (6-10, 3-7 NAC) travels to Maine for the weekend first matching up with University of Maine-Farmington on Friday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Norwich (10-7, 5-4 GNAC) will continue a three-game home slate with a 7 p.m. clash with Simmons on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Andrews Hall.