Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team played Plymouth State University on nearly even terms for three quarters Saturday afternoon. Unfortunatley for the Hornets, the visiting Panthers pulled away in the final period to come away with a 62-48 non-conference victory. Plymouth remains unbeaten in four contests, while Lyndon falls to 2-2.
With Lyndon leading 5-3 in the early going, Plymouth went on a 12-1 run to take a 15-6 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Lyndon fought back from there, and Alissa Mitchell's (Milton, NH) steal and layup gave the Hornets their first lead since the early going. Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) then scored off of a Mitchell feed to build the lead to three, but four straight points from Plymouth's Jess Conant put the Panthers back in front. Plymouth built the lead to 32-28 at the half.
The Panthers looked to extend the advantage at the start of the third quarter, moving out to a 38-30 advantage following a Brittany Roche layup. The Hornets responded with an 8-0 run, tying the game on a Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) jumper with 2:54 to go in the third. Back to back threes from Roche and Debra Morrill put Plymouth back up by six, but a layup and a free throw from the Hornets' Ashlynn Bardos (Beaumont, CA) pulled Lyndon within 44-41 after three.
Lyndon cut the margin to one when Poirier found Mitchell for a layup with just over eight minutes remaining. That would be as close as the Hornets would get, as Plymouth would score the next six points and eventually pull away for the 14-point victory.
Conant and Roche led Plymouth with 17 and 16 points respectively. Cassidy Emerson added a double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) paced the Hornets with 12 points while Crompton chipped in with 11.
The Hornets are off until November 30th, when they host Husson University to open North Atlantic Conference play. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.