West Hartford, CT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team pulled away from a 32-32 halftime tie and defeated the University of St. Joseph 73-62 on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets, playing for the first time in three weeks, move back to the .500 mark at 6-6 with the win. The Blue Jays fell to 2-11.
After trailing for a good portion of the first half, Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) converted a putback just before the halftime buzzer to tie things up. Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) opened the second half scoring with a pair of free throws and Alisha Celley scored off of a Blue Jay turnover to put the Hornets in front by four. Lyndon never looked back from there, building the lead to as much as 17 points before settling for the 11-point win.
Mitchell had a strong all-around game to pace the Hornets. She finished with a game high 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocked shots. Celley posted a double double with 13 points and ten rebounds and Poirier also reached double figures with 11 points. Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) led Lyndon with seven assists and chipped in eight points and eight rebounds. Silvana Barcomb came off the bench to pace St. Joseph with 17 points. Raelynn Voislow and Anna Chevarella added 13 and ten points respectively for the Blue Jays.
The Hornets will return to North Atlantic Conference play on Friday evening when they host the University of Maine at Farmington. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.