Lyndonville, VT - Norwich University rallied from a 12 point deficit and defeated the Lyndon State College women's basketball team, 69-64, in Stannard Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. With the win the Cadets improved to 2-4 on the season, while the Hornets had their four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 4-3.
Junior guard Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) got her first start of the season and came out on fire. She connected on five of six three-point attempts in the opening quarter and helped stake the Hornets to a 25-16 lead after one.
Lyndon built its biggest lead of the game, 32-20, following a Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) jumper just under three minutes into the second quarter. At that point the Cadets started chipping away at the Hornet lead. The Cadets' Shyann Josler (Thetford Center, VT) connected on a three-pointer with 9 seconds to go in the period to narrow the Lyndon lead to 40-36 at the break.
Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) opened the second half with a three-pointer. Following a Norwich turnover Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) was fouled and converted both free throws and the Hornet lead was quickly back to nine. Norwich again chipped away, however, and when Kristieann Desilvio (Chelmsford, MA) made a pair of free throws just before the quarter expired, the Cadets had cut the deficit to one, 54-53.
Norwich had the ball to start the final quarter, and wasted no time taking their first lead since early in the opening period. Katie Dixon's (Revere, MA) jumper put the Cadets on top, 55-54, and Riley Bennet's (Hopkinton, NH) three ball 13 seconds later gave Norwich a four point advantage. Lyndon regained the lead by scoring six points on the next posession, as Mitchell scored and was fouled. Alisha Chelley (Cabot, VT) rebounded the missed free throw, then converted herself inside and drew another foul. She also missed the free throw, but Mitchell grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it in to put the Hornets on top, 60-58, with 8:58 to go.
Norwich then went on an 8-0 run, capped by a Bennett three, and built a 66-60 advantage with 6:49 to go. At that point, both teams went cold, as a Hodge layup was the only scoring over the next six minutes. Hodge then added a pair of free throws to cut the Cadet lead to 66-64 with 44 seconds to go. On the next possession, Lyndon fouled three times to put Norwich in the bonus, but Josler made both ends to make it 68-64 with 18 seconds remaining. Lyndon failed to convert on the next posession, and Norwich tacked on another free throw to account for the final margin.
Josler led the Cadets with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Bennett added 13 points and six rebounds for the winners. Britch finished with 17 to lead Lyndon, while Hodge posted a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The most telling difference in the game came at the free throw line, where Norwich made 14 of 16 attempts but the Hornets only connected on 9 of 23.
Lyndon hosts Lasell College in another non-conference matchup on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm in Stannard Gymnasium. Norwich will travel to Johnson State College on Thursday.