LYNDONVILLE, Vt. --- Lyndon State College held a dominating 62-32 advantage on the glass and topped Thomas College, 53-36, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball play on Saturday afternoon.
Mikayla Hodge was a force inside for the Hornets (4-14, 3-9 NAC), posting 23 points and 19 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, en route to game-high honors in both categories.
Thomas (2-17, 1-11 NAC) found itself faced with an early deficit as Lyndon raced out to a 12-2 lead after six minutes behind seven early points from Hodge. Senior Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine / Gardiner Area) scored the Terriers' only hoop during that stretch, then kicked off a 7-0 run with a traditional three-point play. Fellow senior Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) added a pair of hoops to cut the LSC lead to 12-9 with 1:46 to play in the quarter. A layup by Brittney LaFreniere and a free throw by Hodge gave the Hornets a 15-9 lead after one quarter.
Lyndon drained a trio of free throws to open the second quarter only to answered by a three straight points by junior Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho / Salmon) to keep the advantage at six. A LaFreniere layup midway through the quarter also drew an answer from the Terriers -- a pair of free throws from sophomore Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine / Wells) and a jumper by Gagne -- but the Hornets scored the final five points of the half to lead 25-16 at the break.
A 5-0 Thomas run midway through the third quarter drew the Terriers to within four points at 29-25 with 3:59 to play, but turnovers and a couple of missed opportunities allowed the Hornets to finish the frame on a 12-2 run and take a 41-27 lead into the final quarter.
Scoring was at a premium to open the fourth as the first shot didn't fall until McClenahan converted a layup at the 5:14 mark. McClenahan scored six of her nine points in the fourth quarter. Lyndon outscored Thomas, 12-9, to close things out as Hodge scored the Hornets' last six points.
The teams shot with equal effectiveness from the field as Thomas hit at a 26.3 percent clip (15-of-57) compared to Lyndon's 26.6 percent (17-of-64). The difference came at the free throw line as the Hornets were 17-of-23. By contrast, the Terriers were just 6-of-10. LSC also hit a pair of three-pointers while Thomas missed on all seven attempts.
LaFreniere and Shelby Sheridan had six points apiece in support of Hodge, while Victoria Carlson had four points, five assists and four rebounds and Aimee Thompson had four points, nine rebounds and three steals.
McAllister led Thomas with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, while McClenahan had nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Ashleigh Gagne totaled eight points and Agger-Barnes finished with six off the bench.
The Terriers are idle until Friday, Feb. 5 when they host Castleton at 5:30 p.m.