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Hodge's double double leads Hornet women past Green Mountain

Hodge's double double leads Hornet women past Green Mountain

Poultney, VT – Lyndon State College received 19 points and 18 rebounds from Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) en route to a 68-49 victory over Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball action on an icy Saturday afternoon.

Lyndon (8-5, 5-2 NAC) led from start to finish in the game, but had to withstand the Eagles' third quarter push to earn the victory.

After the teams traded baskets back-and-forth in the first three minutes of the game, the Hornets utilized a 10-2 run to end the period and take a 16-7 lead into the second stanza. Alisha Celley (CVabot, VT) and Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) led the Hornets with five points each in the quarter while Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, TN) was the high scorer for the Eagles converting on one of her five three point attempts.

The visitors shot over 50 percent from the floor in the second quarter to extend their lead to 35-22 at the conclusion of the half. Carlson and Hodge led the way for the Hornets while Green Mountain's Riley Lane (Arlington, VT) scored seven points for the home siders.

Green Mountain (2-9, 1-7 NAC) outscored the Hornets 22-19 in the third quarter thanks to a 4-of-9 mark from distance and a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. The third quarter push helped to trim the deficit to 54-44 at the conclusion of the period. The Eagles' Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) led the way with seven points while Lane recorded six. Hodge again paced the Hornets offense with six points.

Green Mountain continued its momentum into the early moments of the fourth quarter closing the gap to 54-49 following a pair of free throws by Armstrong.  That was as close as the Eagles would get however as Green Mountain failed to score the rest of the way, while the Hornets reeled off 14 points down the stretch to close out the contest.

Aside from Hodge's contributions, Carlson was the Hornets' secondary scorer tallying 14 points and adding five steals. Megan Johnston (Concord, NH) also scored in double digits with 11, while Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) led all reserves with eight points.

Green Mountain was led by Armstrong's 14 points and six boards. Lane and Rideout also scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, WV) led the way on the glass with 11 rebounds in addition to three steals and four points.

Lyndon outscored the Eagles in the paint by a 26-8 margin and converted 28 points off of 24 Eagle turnovers. Green Mountain outrebounded the Hornets by a slim 40-38 mark.

The Hornets will travel to Lesley College on Sunday for a 3:00 pm non-conference tilt.  Green Mountain will host Mount Holyoke College on Monday.