Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team made a strong bid to hand Maine Maritime Academy their first loss of the season, taking a three point lead into halftime. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Mariners held Lyndon scoreless for a six minute stretch in the second half to gain control and earn a 55-45 victory. Maine Maritime moves to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in North Atlantic Conference play while Lyndon falls to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference.
Lyndon came out strong in the opening quarter, closing the period with a 13-10 advantage. Lyndon maintained their lead into the third quarter before the Mariners' Sydney Underhill-Tilton's jumer tied the score at 32-32 four minutes into the third quarter. After Maine Maritime grabbed their first lead since the opening minutes, Lyndon's Ellie Harrington (Fareham, Hampshire, UK) drained a three to give the Hornets a 36-35 advantage with 4:39 left in the third.
Unfortunately for the home team, Lyndon would then endure a six minute scoring drought while the Mariners ran off 13 unanswered points to move in front 48-36. Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) converted a pair of free throws to break the run, but Maine Maritime maintained a double figure advantage the rest of the way.
Alayne Felix recorded a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Mariners. Megan McLean added 11 points while Lauren Plissey pulled down a game high 12 rebounds. Harrington was the only double figure scorer for the Hornets, finishing with ten points. Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) finished with nine points.
Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) scored seven points and handed out a game high five assists in her final home game as a Hornet. Carlson, slated to graduate from NVU in December, was honored for her contributions to the Lyndon women's basketball program prior to today's game.
The Hornets will go on the road for a pair of games next weekend. On Friday they will take on Thomas College, with a scheduled tip time of 7:30 pm. Next Saturday they will face the University of Maine at Farmington at 3:00 pm.