Canton, NY - In a complete reversal of fortune from the previous evening, the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team delivered an outstanding defensive effort in defeating SUNY Canton, 75-42, on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Hornets improve to 12-11 overall and 7-6 in North Atlantic Conference play. The Roos fall to 11-13 on the season and finish 8-6 in NAC play.
The Hornets took control right from the opening tip. Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) found an open Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) on the game's first possession and Moore knocked down the jumper. An Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) three-pointer and a Crompton layup on the next two possessions staked the Hornets to a 7-0 lead just a minute and a half in. Anastasia Chambers got Canton on the board, but the Roos managed only one more field goal in the quarter as the Hornets raced out to a 16-4 lead after one.
The Hornets continued their defesive dominance in the second quarter, outscoring the Roos 19-6 in the period to build a 35-10 halftime lead. Lyndon limited Canton to only five field goals on 34 attempts (14.7%) and no three-pointers. The Hornets also held a 33-23 rebounding advantage and forced six Roo turnovers while committing five themselves. Lyndon connected on 12 of 39 first half field goal attempts (30.8%) incuding nine of 24 (37.5%) from distance.
Canton was unable to put a dent in the Lyndon lead in the second half as they were never able to get the margin below 21 points. The Hornets continued to pull away, finishing with the 33-point win.
For the game the Hornets limited the Roos to 14 of 65 (21.5%) shooting from the floor and only one of 11 (9.1%) from behind the three-point arc. Meanwhile Lyndon made 28 of 75 (37.3%) shots, including 15 of 39 (38.5%) from long range. The 15 made three-point goals represent a Lyndon school record as an NCAA Division III regulation. Lyndon also dominated the glass, posting a 61-41 rebounding advantage.
Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) led a balancd Lyndon attack with 15 points on five three-point goals. Mitchell finished with 14 and Tayler Courchesne (Wilmington, VT) also hit double figures with 11 points. Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked five Roo shots while Crompton handed out nine assists. Ashlynn Bardos (Beaumont, CA) also pulled down 14 rebounds for the Hornets. Canton didn't place anyone in double figures as Sade Rogers topped Canton with nine points and Chambers pulled down ten rebounds.
The Hornets close out the regular season on Tuesday evening when they tip off against NVU-Johnson at 5:00 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.
All photos courtesy of SUNY Canton athletics.