Lyndonville, VT - On the strength of a solid defensive effort, the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team defeated Rivier University, 65-48, on the opening night of the Northern Vermont University Tip-Off Classic. The game was the season opener for both teams.
After Rivier's Catherine Torpey started the game with a free throw for an administrative technical foul, the Hornets ran off six straight points and held the Raiders without a field goal for the game's first 6:40. Rivier was able to tie the game at 13-13, but Shaylan Mosher's (Newark, VT) steal and layup with six seconds to go in the opening quarter gave the Hornets a 15-13 lead after one.
Baskets from Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) and Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) to start the second quarter extended the Hornet lead to six, but Rivier was able to rally, and a three-point play from Arianna Motivala drew the Raiders even at 21-21 with 4:43 to go in the second quarter. Crompton scored back to back baskets then found Lauren Young (Concord, VT) for a layup to build the Hornet lead back to six. Lyndon continued their run, extending the lead to 36-25 on a three pointer from Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH), before Alexandra Grumblatt scored for Rivier to cut the Lyndon lead back to single digits at the half.
Rivier was able to chip into the lead early in the third quarter, and when Torpey connected on a three just over a minute into the quarter, the Hornet lead was down to 37-31. Lyndon was able to take control from there, however, as they outscored Rivier 17-8 over the rest of the quarter to take a 54-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets maintained a double digit lead throughout the final quarter and coasted to the 17-point victory.
Mosher had a strong all-around game in her Hornet debut. She scored 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Crompton matched Mosher for team high with 17 herself. She also finished with five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Poirier was Lyndon's third double figure scorer with ten points and Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) pulled down a team high ten rebounds. Lyndon shot 27 for 73 (37%) from the floor, including 4 for 16 (25%) from distance.
Torpey and Arianna Motivala paced Rivier with 12 points each and Grumblatt notched a double double with ten points and 12 rebounds. The Raiders struggled to convert all evening, shooting only 16 for 25 (29.1%) from the floor, including only three for 17 (17.6%) from the arc.
The Hornets owned a 47-44 rebounding advantage and forced 27 Raider turnovers while only committing 18 themselves.
In Friday night's opening game, Fisher pulled away from NVU-Johnson for a 65-33 victory. Misha O'Neal came off the bench to lead the Falcons with 19 points. Kiana Johnson was the Badgers' only double figure scorer with 12 points.
The Tip-Off Classic will conclude on Saturday afternoon. Rivier and NVU-Johnson will get things started with a 1:00 pm tip. That game will be followed by a 3:00 contest between NVU-Lyndon and Fisher.