Bangor, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team stayed within striking distance of North Atlantic Conference leading Husson University on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Hornets, however, the Eagles broke the game open in the fourth quarter to earn a 64-44 victory. Husson moves to 15-6 on the season and is unbeaten in 11 NAC contests. Lyndon falls to 11-10 overall and 6-5 in conference.
Husson capitalized on four Hornet turnovers in the early minutes to jump out to an 8-0 lead six minutes into the contest. Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) found Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) to get the Hornets on the board, and Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) followed with a three-pointer to bring Lyndon back within three. The Eagles closed the quarter on a 10-1 run, however, to take an 18-6 lead.
The hosts built their lead to as much as 19 in the second quarter before a closing 10-3 run brought the Hornets back within 12 at the half. Two Moore free throws and a Poirier jumper to open the third quarter got Lyndon to within 35-27 at the 7:28 mark. The teams battled on relatively even terms the remainder of the quarter, and the Eagles took a 44-35 lead into the final period. Husson then used a 10-0 run in the early stages of the fourth quarter to put the Hornets away.
Emma Alley and Vanessa Duarte scored 12 points each to pace Husson. Megan Peach added 11 points and pulled down a game high 20 rebounds for the Eagles. Poirer and Mitchell led Lyndon with 11 and ten points respectively, while Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) recorded a team best nine rebounds.
The Hornets return to action next weekend when they travel to SUNY Canton for back to back NAC contests. The Hornets and Roos will tip at 7:30 pm on Friday and again at 3:00 pm on Saturday.