Barre, VT - An ice cold third quarter proved to be the undoing of the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as they dropped a 56-46 non-conference contest to Norwich University. The game was part of the Granite City Shootout and was played at Barre Auditorium. With the loss the Hornets fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Cadets improve to 2-3.
The opening quarter was tightly contested. After Norwich jumped in front, 5-0, Lyndon responded by going on an 8-0 run to take the first lead, following a three-pointer from Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH). With Lyndon still leading by three, Norwich went on a 9-0 run capped by a Riley Bennett three to move in front, 16-10. Lyndon's Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) converted a pair of free throws and Poirier knocked down a jumper to pull Lyndon within two after one.
Lyndon's Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) and Shaylan Mosher (Newark, VT) scored back to back baskets to open the second uarter and put the Hornets back in front. The Gornets continued to hols a slim lead for most of the quarter, until Bennet knocked down a jumper with just under a minute to go before half to put Norwich back in front. Two free throws from Caileigh Travers sent Norwich into halftime with a three point advantage.
Mitchell knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game on the first possession of the third quarter to tie the game at 26-26. Unfortunately for the Hornets, that would be their only field goal of the quarter, as Norwich outscored Lyndon 15-4 over the rest of the period to forge in front 41-30 after three.
Lyndon scored the first nine points of the final quarter on a Mitchell three, a Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) jumper, and layups from Celley and Mitchell to get within two at 41-39 with 7:12 to go. Bennett then stepped up for the Cadets, scoring the next eight points of the contest to build the Norwich lead back to nine and the Hornets would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Bennett led Norwich with a game high 17 points and KristieAnn DeSilvio chipped in 11. Mitchell and Celley paced Lyndon with 14 and 11 points respectively. Neither team shot the ball well, as Norwich only connected on 18 of 54 (33.3%) attempts while Lyndon only made 14 of 51 (27.5%) The Cadets held a 47-34 rebounding advantage. Lyndon turned the ball over 23 times, one more than Norwich.
The Hornets are off for two weeks, until Saturday, December 7th, when they open North Atlantic Conference play at Husson University. Tip-off is set for 4:00 pm.