BOSTON, Mass. – Jennifer Janiak scored a game-high 17 points and Jamie Zoldy finished an assist shy of her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high nine assists to lead Simmons to a 66-44 victory over Lyndon.
The Sharks win their third straight game, for their longest win streak since four-game string to open the 2010-11 season, and improve to 4-7 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 1-8.
The teams played within four points of each other with six lead changes and four ties in the first 17 minutes of play.
"We practice well and we play hard, but when game time comes we have a tendency to get a little too flustered and make mistakes," said Hornets' Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "We did well in spurts, but at some point we've really got to bring in a better level of mental focus."
The Sharks owned a 24-22 lead with 2:58 to go in the half, before ripping off nine unanswered points, including a pair of three-pointers from Janiak and a trey from Gracie Rolfe to beat the first half buzzer and give the home team a 33-22 lead at the intermission.
Simmons carried its momentum into the second half, scoring nine of the first 12 points to increase its lead to 42-25 with 17:19 showing in the second stanza. A jump shot from Lyndon's Allison Brown (Monroe, N.H.) later cut the deficit to 44-31 with 13:30 to go in the contest, but the Sharks put together a 14-5 stretch to extend their advantage to 58-36 with 8:10 remaining in the game.
Presley Silva later made a layup to give Simmons its largest lead of the night at 62-38 with 4:27 left on the second half clock, before coming away with the victory.
Janiak added five rebounds and four steals to her night for the Sharks, while Zoldy came up with four steals of her own in addition to four rebounds. Liz Brasa chipped in with 10 points, five boards and an assist and Rolfe finished with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Silva and Celina Jones each went 3-4 from the field to net seven and six points, respectively.
Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) led the Hornets with 11 points in addition to a rebound, two steals and an assist, while Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) came off the bench to score 10 points, pull down seven caroms, dish out three assists and make a steal in 23 minutes of action. Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, N.H.) contributed with seven points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
Lyndon State to Johnson, Vt. Saturday to take on Johnson State in the resumption of its North Atlantic Conference regular-season schedule.
"Things will be different for us Saturday," said Maloney. We won't see as much zone or zone traps. We play better against man-to-man.