LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Freshman center Mikayla Hodge had 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Lyndon to its first North Atlantic Conference victory of the season – a 85-62 win over Thomas Friday at Stannard Gymnasium.
Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) connected on 12 of 22 field goals attempts and had 10 offensive rebounds in the contest.
"After losing a few games by a few points, we put in the effort that was deserving of a win," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "We got the freshman jitters out, moved the ball well and got more out of everybody."
The Hornets built a 16-point lead midway through the first half, only to see it dwindle down to 10. When Hodges re-entered the game for a second time, the 6-1 freshman center began to assert herself down low allowing Lyndon to re-build the lead to 18 points by intermission.
"I'm hoping this is the start of something good," said Maloney. "Mikayla's role is new for her and we've been asking her to do quite a bit. Tonight we decided to bring her off the bench and I hope that will get her accustom to what we need her to do."
Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for Lyndon (1-4, 1-0) and Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) chipped in 15 points. Point guard Emily Slayton (Jefferson, Vt.) had a team-high six assists and three steals in the game.
Sarah Pepin had a team-high 18 points off the bench for the Terriers (0-6), all from beyond the three-point arc. Ashleigh Gagne and Katie McAllister had 11 and 10 points each, respectively and teammate Tess McClenahan added four assists and two steals.
Lyndon returns to the court Saturday when it hosts the University of Maine at Farmington at 1 p.m.
"Farmington will be a different test altogether," said Maloney. "They're a well-coached team with great fundamentals. If we can take care of the ball and carry over the effort we put in tonight, that could put us in a position to win."