Hornet women work overtime at Maine-Farmington to remain unbeaten in NAC

Hornet women work overtime at Maine-Farmington to remain unbeaten in NAC
Farmington, ME - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team defeated the University of Maine at Farmington, 80-74 in overtime, on Saturday afternoon.  With the win the Hornets stand alone at the top of the North Atlantic Conference with a 3-0 mark.  Lyndon is 4-2 overall.  The Beavers drop to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the NAC.
 
The game was closely contested throughout.  The hosts took a 17-16 lead after the first quarter, but the Hornets responded, and a Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) three-pointer sent Lyndon to the halftime break with a 33-31 advantage.
 
Lyndon held the lead throughout the third quarter, but it never grew larger than five points.  After Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) connects on a three-pointer to make it 52-47 Hornets, UMF's Haley Felkel (Cumberland, ME) scored on a cutback to make it 52-49 Hornets after three.
 
The teams traded the lead several times coming down the stretch.  Hodge made it 70-65 Hornets with 2:35 to go, but the Beavers closed regulation by scoring the final five points, capped by two free throws from MeKenna Brodeur (Oakland, ME) to send the game to overtime tied at 70.
 
The teams traded baskets in the early stages of the extra session.  With 1:17 remaining Lyndon's Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) scored after an offensive rebound to give the Hornets a 76-74 advantage.  With 59 seconds to go Jessica Talarico (Lewiston, ME) missed a three pointer that could have given the Beavers the lead, and the rebound went out of bounds to Lyndon.  UMF then fouled Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT), who sank both free throws to extend the advantage to four.  Following a Beaver turnover, Britch and Mitchell added single free throws to account for the final margin.
 
Hodge (Newbury, VT) led Lyndon with 23 points and 13 rebounds.  Mitchell `added 18 points and six rebounds, while Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, ME) chipped in 11 points before leaving the game with an injury late in regulation.  Salvadore scored 10 points, while Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) handed out seven assists.
 
Morgan Crocker (Boothbay, ME) led UMF with game high 32 points, while Brodeur posted a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
 
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday evening, when they host Norwich University in a 6:00 pm non-conference tip-off.  UMF plays at Bowdoin College on Wednesday.