Amherst, MA - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team was unable to hold onto a fourth quarter lead and fell to Farmingdale State College, 73-67, in the consolation game of the Amherst College Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Hornets to 0-2, while the Rams improve to 1-2 on the season.
Farmingdale jumped out to an early 11-7 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Hornets responded with a 22-7 run over the next six minutes, and when Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) converted a steal and pass from Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, ME), Lyndon held a 29-18 advante at the 8:25 mark of the second quarter.
Farmingdale responded with a 13-0 run over the next 2:38 which featured eight points from Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, NY) and gave the Rams a 31-29. Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) gave Lyndon the lead right back with a three-pointer, but Farmingdale outscored the Hornets 12-5 the rest of the quarter to take a 43-37 lead into the halftime break.
The Hornets climbed back in the third quarter, and two Foy free throws gave the lead back to Lyndon at 48-47 with 3:04 remaining in the session. An old fashioned three-point play off of an offenive rebound by the Rams' Essence Casey (Huntington Station, NY) gave Farmingslae back the lead, but Lyndon scored the final nine points of the quarter and took a 57-51 lead into the final session.
Lyndon maintained a slim lead throughout the first several minutes of the fourth quarter. Alissa Mitchell's (Milton, NH) jumper gave the Hornets a 67-64 advantage with 3:26 to go. Those would be Lyndon's final points of the contest, however, as three straight baskets by Kaelyn Ward (East Hampton, NY) keyed a game closing 9-0 run that gave the Rams the victory.
Lyndon State was led by senior guard Gabrielle Foy's (Wilton, ME) game-high 24 pointwith 24 points, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team in the process. Hodge recorded a double double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Salvadore added 12 points, while Mitchell posted a triple double with 11 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Lyndon returns home to host Vermont Technical College on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Farmingdale travels to Brooklyn College on Tuesday.