LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Pine Manor College defeated Lyndon Tuesday in an NCAA Division III non-conference contest. The Gators were led by Alexis Lee who finished the night with 26 points.
"They played a much different style than we're used to in our conference," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "We knew that coming in."
Maria Vaughan and Sybil Lynch each had 18 points in the victory and Lynch went 4-6 on three-point attempts. Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) led the Hornets with 19 points while Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) had 16. Thompson also had 10 rebounds in the game.
Lyndon found themselves down 47-34 at the half but were able to fight back to make it a three-point game with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
"On offense we were confident so instead of dealing with their (Pine Manor's) offensive attack, we were able to press a little more and get lay-ups," he said. "We kept our composure and stayed calm."
Lyndon got within three when Hodge hit a jump shot with 5:34 to go. The Gators responded with a jumper from Lee which increased the lead to 73-68. Lyndon's Britney LaFreniere had a chance to make it a three point game once again with two free throws, but missed both ends of a double bonus. A few seconds later, the Gators came up with a crucial steal which led to a Vaughan lay up to make it 75-68 with less than three minutes to go.
With 2:04 remaining, Shaquanda Middleton was able to knock down a pair of free throws to give the Gators an 81-70 lead and they would not look back. Lyndon's offense went stagnant for the rest of the game, eventually falling by a final of 90-74.
"It would have been a different end to the game had we been able to stay focused in the last four minutes," said Maloney. "We're going to take away a lot from this game and keep moving forward."
The Hornets will continue their North Atlantic Conference schedule on Friday when they travel to Castine, Maine to face Maine Maritime Academy. On Saturday they will make the trip to nearby Bangor to battle Husson University. Friday's game begins at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday's contest will tip-off at 1p.m.
"This type of game was good for us," he said. "We're going to continue to grow offensively and defensively."
By Matt Drew, Sports Information Assistant