Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team scored the first eight points of Friday's North Atlantic Conference game and cruised to a 66-41 win over the University of Maine at Farmington. With the win the Hornets improve to 12-8 on the season and 8-5 in NAC play. The Beavers fall to 5-14 overall and 2-11 in conference.
The Hornets held UMF scoreless for over six minutes at the start of the contest. During that stretch a pair of baskets from Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) and layups from Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) and Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) staked the hosts to an 8-0 advantage. Morgan Crocker (Boothbay, ME) got tthe Beavers on the board with 3:46 remaining in the opening period, but Lyndon scored nine of the next 11 points, with seven coming from Hodge, to extend the lead to 17-4 before UMF's Paige Carter (South Portland, ME) connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 17-7 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw Lyndon build their advantage to as much as 17 points before the Hornets headed into halftime with a 31-16 lead. Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) scored five points in the quarter while Hodge connected on a pair of field goals. The Hornet defense shut down the Beaver attack, as UMF only converted seven of 31 field goal attempts in the first half, including only one of eight from behind the arc.
Lyndon maintained a double digit lead throughout the early minutes of the third quarter. Mitchell's three pointer off of a feed from Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) put the hosts in front 37-20 at the 8:23 mark. At that point UMF put together their best run of the contest, outscoing Lyndon 10-2 over the next four minutes and closing the deficit to single digits, 39-30, following a Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, ME) three-pointer. Lyndon responded by closing the quarter on a, 8-5 run, highlighted by threes from Mitchell and Hodge, to extend their lead to 47-35 after three.
Lyndon scored the first five points of the final period to build the lead back to 17. The Beavers never threatened the rest of the way, as the Hornets pulled away for the 25-point victory.
Hodge led the way for Lyndon with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Mitchell added 15 points, nine boards, and four assists while Carlson handed out a game high seven assists. Crocker was UMF's only double figure scorer, finishing with 16 points.
For the game Lyndon converted 26 of 67 field goal attempts (38.8%) while holding the Beavers to only 14 of 61 (23%) shooting. The Hornets held a commanding 59-34 rebounding advantage and dished out 18 assists, compared to only six for the Beavers.
The Hornets return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Thomas College in a 1:00 pm NAC tip-off. UMF travles to Johnson State College on Saturday.