Bangor, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team made their first North Atlantic Conference semi-final appearance on Friday evening, taking on Husson University at Husson. Unfortunately for the #4 seeded Hornets, they were unable to keep up with the top seeded Eagles, and came up on the short end of a 77-39 final score. Lyndon concludes its season at 14-12, while Husson improves to 18-8 and advances to Saturday's championship game.
The Hornets took an early 4-0 lead on a pair of Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) free throws and a Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) jumper. Emma Alley put the Eagles on the board with a made jump shot and Kenzie Worcester converted two free throws to the game at 4-4 with 7:03 left in the first quarter. The Eagles' offense then heated up as Husson rode a 13-6 run to take a 17-10 advantage after one. Worcester led all scorers with nine points.
Husson extended their lead to 16 off two made layups by Megan Peach, a jump shot by Alley and a three pointer by Worcester before Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) ended the Eagle run with a made layup with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Eagles closed out the second quarter on a 11-7 run to take a 35-19 led into the intermission. Worcester finished the first half with 13 points to lead all scorers, while Celley led the Hornets with six points.
Poirier opened the second half scoring by draining a three to pull the Hornets within 13, but that was as close as Lyndon would get, as Husson continued to pull away for the win.
Logan Huckins recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds, while adding two assists in leading the Eagles. Worcester finished the game with 15 points, seven boards, and five assists while Peach added eight points and grabbed a game-high 15 boards. Alley contributed 12 points in the victory.
Poirier paced Lyndon with ten points with one steal. Celley recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. She also had a game-high four blocks. Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH)) finished with six points, four rebounds, and five assists.
The Hornets completed back to back winning seasons for the first time as an NCAA school. Lyndon is expected to return tonight's roster in 2019-20, as December graduate Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) was the only senior to suit up for the Hornets this season.