FARMINGTON, Maine – Lyndon's hopes of a playoff berth took a hit Friday as Meghan Smith's recorded her second consecutive double-double to lead the University of Maine at Farmington to a 69-59 win over Lyndon at Dearborn Gymnasium.
With the victory the Beavers improved to 9-11 overall and 8-5 in the North Atlantic Conference. The loss drops the Hornets to 5-15 overall and 4-9 in conference with five games to play.
Lyndon led by as many as six points in the opening nine minutes, but UMF kept hitting key jump shots to keep the game close. Bianca Stoutamyer nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 24-24 with 1:14 remaining, before the Hornets reeled off the next four points to take the four-point advantage into the locker room.
Second chance points kept the first half close for the Beavers as they outscored Lyndon 10-4 on the offensive glass.
Coming out of intermission, the Beavers turned defense into offense. A pair of turnovers led to layups and UMF held its first lead of the contest two minutes into the final period. The Beavers never trailed for the rest of the night. After taking over, Farmington's lead climbed to double-digits with 10 minutes left in the game.
Smith powered the Beavers with 14 points and 11 rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Lindsay Ranquist added 13 points and six rebounds.
Lyndon's Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) led all scorers with 16 points and four rebounds. Emily Slayton (Morrisville, Vt.) had 10 points six rebounds and an assist while Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Lyndon continues its conference road trip Saturday at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Game time is 3 p.m.