Northfield, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball took a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's non-conference matchup at Norwich University. The host Cadets closed the game on a 15-1 run over the final nine minutes, however, and came away with a 63-50 victory. Norwich improves to 3-5 on the season, while the Hornets drop to 2-5.
The Hornets rode a big first half from junior Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) in staying close throughout the first half. Mitchell's three-pointer put Lyndon in front, 15-14, with just over two minutes to go in the opening quarter. Norwich scored the next six points to regain the lead before another Mitchell three at the quarter buzzer made it 20-18 Cadets after one.
Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) scored the first basket of the second quarter to even things, then Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) converted a layup to give Lyndon the lead at 24-23. The Cadets' Mary Casamassa and Mitchell traded scores before Casamassa scored six more points in a row to give Norwich some breathing room. The Cadets maintained a small lead the rest of the quarter and took a 34-32 lead into halftime.
Norwich continued to lead throughout the third quarter, but couldn't extend the advantage beyond six points. As the final period began the Hornets trailed the Cadets 48-45.
Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) knocked down a jumper on the first posession of the fourth quarter to bring the Hornets within one. After a defensive stop, Mitchell was fouled on a drive and converted both free throws to give Lyndon it's first lead of the second half at 49-48 with 9:09 to go. Casamassa scored on the next posession to put Norwich back in front. At that point, Lyndon shooters went ice cold. The Hornets could only muster an Ellie Harrington (Fareham, Hampshire, UK) free throw the rest of the way as Lyndon missed their final 13 field goal attempts of the contest and Norwich pulled away.
Casamassa scored a game high 26 points to lead Norwich. Vanessa Fleury added 12 points and eight rebounds. Mitchell was Lyndon's only double figure scorer, finishing with 18 points with 16 coming in the opening half. She also grabbed a team best eight rebounds. Poirier added seven points while Crompton and Harrington chipped in six points each.
The Hornets will resume North Atlantic Conference play in Maine this weekend. On Friday they face Thomas at 7:00 pm, and on Saturday they play the University of Maine at Farmington, with a 3:00 pm scheduled tip.