WATERVILLE, Maine --- Mikayla Hodge posted 18 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead Lyndon State College to a 55-47 North Atlantic Conference women's basketball win over Thomas College at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
After playing to a 12-12 tie after one quarter, the Hornets (3-7, 2-3 NAC) opened the second quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 22-14 with 7:00 to play before halftime. Allison Brown drained a pair of three-pointers to help key the Lyndon run.
The teams traded baskets with the Terriers (2-9, 1-4 NAC) cutting the lead to six at 24-18 with 3:16 to play on a jumper by Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine). LSC scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 29-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. Thomas missed its final five shots to close the half.
Neither team was able to get on track offensively coming out of the break as the first point of the quarter didn't come until Lyndon's Abby Salvadore sank a free throw at the 4:30 mark. Taylor Johnson (Skowhegan, Maine) drained a three-pointer to cut the lead to 30-21 but Hodge responded with five straight points and Salvadore added a layup to push the lead to 37-21 with 45 second to play.
Two Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine) free throws cut the lead to 37-23, but Salvadore ended the frame by hitting a jumper to give the Hornets a 16-point cushion at the quarter break.
As little scoring as there was in the third quarter, the teams more than made up for it in the fourth as Thomas out scored Lyndon, 24-16, over the game's final 10 minutes. Agger-Barnes finished with seven points in the quarter with Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine) adding six, but the Hornets held a 14-3 advantage on the boards. Hodge accounted for eight points and four rebounds in the quarter.
Overall, Lyndon held a 52-34 advantage on the boards led by 18 from Hodge. Hodge also had three of the Hornets' five blocks in the contest. Allison Brown added 10 points while Salvadore finished with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
McAllister finished with 14 points and four rebounds to lead Thomas. Agger-Barnes had 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists, while Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho) scored just two points but had had six rebounds, seven assists, a block and five steals. In the middle, Kelly Macomber (West Gardiner, Maine) finished with six points and seven rebounds.
The Terriers return to the court Saturday afternoon when they host Johnson State (5-7, 2-3 NAC), while the Hornets travel to UMaine-Farmington (5-5, 4-1 NAC). Both tipoffs are set for 1 p.m. The Badgers lost to the Beavers, 61-54, on Friday evening.