Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon has earned the #4 seed for the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The Hornets will host the tournament's #5 seed, the University of Maine at Farmington, on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Stannard Gymnasium. This will mark the first time that Lyndon has ever hosted a NAC tournament contest in women's basketball.
The Hornets finished the regular season with a 13-11 overall record and an 8-6 mark in conference play. Lyndon finished tied with SUNY Canton for third place in the NAC standings. The Roos earned the #3 seed over the Hornets by virtue of conference tiebreaking procedures. The Beavers completed a 6-19 regular season. They went 6-8 in NAC play, good for fifth place.
Junior forward Alissa Mitchell (Milton, HN) leads the Hornets in scoring at 11.8 points per game, and in assists at 3.5 per game. One of the top defenders in the NAC, she is also recording 2.4 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. Mitchell leads the NAC in assists and ranks in the top ten in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounding, steals, and blocked shots. Freshman guard Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) is also scoring in double figures, averaging 10.5 points per game, and dishing out 3.2 assists per game. She has been named the NAC Rookie of the Week on three occasions this season. Other key contributors for the Hornets include sophomore guard Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH, 8.7 ppg), sophomore center Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT, 6.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg), and junior forward Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME, 5.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg).
Sophomore forward McKenna Brodeur leads the Beavers, scoring at a 13.5 points per game clip. Other key performers for the Beavers include freshman forward Molly Folsom (8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), senior guard Haley Felkel (7.9 ppg),senior guard Morgan Crocker (7.8 ppg) and senior forward Paige Carter (5.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
The Hornets and Beavers split their season series, with each team winning on the other's home court. On December 8th the Hornets built a 15-point lead midway through the foruth quarter, then held off the Beavers for a 73-62 win. UMF returned the favor on January 11th. In that contest, the Beavers scored twice late in regulation to force overtime, then closed the extra session on a 7-0 run to come away with a 58-54 win.
The winner of Saturday's Lyndon-UMF game will advance to the NAC semi-finals on February 22nd, when they will sqare off against top seed and regular season champion Husson University at 5:30 pm at Husson.
The complete NAC Tournament schedule is as follows:
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 16th
2:00 pm #5 University of Maine at Farmington at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
3:00 pm #6 Thomas College at #3 SUNY Canton
Semifinals - Friday, February 22nd at Husson University
5:30 pm UMaine-Farmington/NVU-Lyndon winner vs #1 Husson University
7:30 pm Thomas/Canton winner vs #2 Maine Maritime Academy
Championship Game - Saturday, February 23rd at Husson University
2:00 pm Semifinal Winners