Lyndonville, VT - Center Mikalya Hodge (Newbury, VT) topped the 1,000 point mark for her career in leading the Lyndon State College women's basketball team past Vermont Technical College, 72-19, on Tuesday afternoon. Hodge, a senior sport management major, converted a layup off of a feed from Megan Johnson (Concord, NH) with just under a minute remaining to put her over the magic mark. She then immediately exited the contest with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocked shots.
Both teams came out very sluggish on offense at the start. After Austen LaFrance (Barre, VT) scored the first basket of the game for Vermont Tech (1-7), the Hornets held the Knights without a field goal for over 13 minutes. Lyndon (1-2) struggled to find the mark as well, making only 5 of 18 shots in the opening period. However the Hornet defensive effort helped Lyndon to an 11-4 advantage when the opening quarter ended. Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) scored four points in the first.
The Hornets continued to struggle from the floor in the second period, but again their defensive effort allowed them to extend the advantage. Mariah Ramos scored seven straight points midway through the quarter to extend the lead to 21-6. The Hornets only allowed two Knight field goals in the session, and took a 25-8 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The third quarter saw both teams warm slightly from the floor, but again the Hornet defense was the difference, as Lyndon forced Vermont Tech into 13 turnovers in the quarter. Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) tallied seven points in the quarter as Lyndon extended the lead to 46-17 heading into the final period.
The final stanza belonged to Hodge. Entering the quarter with only six points on the afternoon and still needing 14 more to reach 1,000, the senior tallied 15 of the Hornets' final 20 points over the final 6:33 of the contest to hit her mark.
Hodge was joined in double figures by Ramos and Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, ME) with 11 points apiece. Foy added six rebounds and four steals, while Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) handed out six assists. No vermont Tech player totalled more than five points, as the Hornets held the Knights to 15.9% shooting from the floor and forced 37 Knight turnovers.
Lyndon returns to action next Tuesday, Novembver 28th, when they open North Atlantic Conference play at home against Green Mountain College. Tip-off is 5:30 pm in Stannard Gymnasium. Vermont Tech will host New Hampshire Technical Institute next Tuesday.