Lyndonville, VT - The Husson University women's basketball team was defeated by Lyndon State College, 89-83, in double overtime Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 8-8 overall and 7-3 in the NAC, while the Hornets improve to 10-6 on the season and 6-3 in North Atlantic Conference play.
Lyndon took control of the contest out of the gate. After Husson's Sami Ireland (Howland, Maine) scored on the game's first possession, the Hornets rattle off 16 unanswered points to go in front 16-2, less than five minutes into the contest. Three pointers from Faith Poirier and Hodge keyed the burst. The visiting Eagles responded with six straight points on a pair of Joan Overman (Washburn, Maine) field goals bookending two free throws from Emma Alley (Millinocket, Maine). Another Piorier three then ignited an 8-2 Hornet run to close the quarter with Lyndon in front, 24-10.
On the first possession of the second quarter, Alyssa Mitchell scored on a feed from Hodge, then following a defensive stop Mitchell found Alexis Britch for an open jumper, and the Hornets found themselves in front 28-10. After the two teams traded scores the visiting Eagles came alive, capitalizing on six Hornet turnovers to score the next 11 points and cut the Lyndon lead to 30-23 with 5:17 to go in the quarter. A pair of Poirier free throws temporarily stopped the Husson run, but the Eagles then promptly scored the next eight points. When Sarah Bragg (Glenburn, Maine) knocked down a jumper, the Eagles were within one at 32-31. Following a Lyndon timeout, Mitchell drove, scored, was fouled, and converted the free throw. She scored again on the next possession, then Hodge connected on a pair of free throws, and Lyndon was back up eight, 39-31, with 29 seconds left in the half. Kenzie Worcester (Washburn, Maine) then responded with an and one of her own, and the Hornets went into intermission with a 39-34 lead.
The teams battled on even terms through the early stages of the third quarter. With Lyndon leading, 49-43, Worcester scored seven straight Eagle points to give Husson the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the game. Hodge responded with a three-pointer to put the Hornets back in front, but Overman tied things on the next posession. Following a Mitchell free throw, back to back scores by Megan Peach (Garland, Maine) and Hayden Campbell (Saco, Maine) gave Husson a three point advantage. Poirier pulled the Hornets back even with another three, and the two teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 56.
Hodge gave Lyndon the lead back with a three on Lyndon's first possession of the final quarter, but a three from Alley tied things. Hodge converted another three-pointer to put Lyndon back in front, and the Hornets were able to hold the Eagles scoreless for over five minutes and gradually increase their advantage to 71-62 following a pair of Hodge free throws with 2:07 to go. At that point, Husson would stage a furious rally, starting with a Worcester three that cut the Lyndon lead to six. Following a Lyndon turnover Worcester found Ireland, cutting it to 71-67 Lyndon. Following a Lyndon misfire, Worcester converted two free throws to cut it to two. Lyndon had a chance to ice the game, but missed two free throws with ten seconds remaining, and Worcester hit a tough jumper in traffic with four seconds to go to send the game to overtime.
Worcester gave Husson the early lead in the first extra session, but Hodge answered with a three ball to put the Hornets back up by one. After Hodge made one of two free throws Worcester converted a pair, and the teams were tied at 75-75 with 3:20 to go in the session. Two Hodge free throws put Lyndon back in front, but Worcester answered with a jumper to tie things again. Victoria Carlson was then fouled with 33 seconds to go and made both shots to give the Hornets a 79-77 lead. Ireland tied things with a jumper at the 23 second mark, and when Lyndon was unable to score on their final possession, the teams headed into another extra session.
Neither team was able to score in the opening minutes of the second overtime. With 2:48 to go, Mitchell drove baseline and was fouled. She converted both free throws to give Lyndon an 81-79 lead. Overman scored on a putback to tie things, but Hodge knocked down her seventh three of the contest to put the Hornets back in front. A pair of Ireland free throws made it a one-point game with 1:30 remaining, but Husson would not score again while the Hornets converted five of six free throws to put the game away.
Worcester had an outstanding game for Husson, finishing with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Overman and Ireland also reached double figures with 17 and 16 points respectively. Hodge played all 50 minutes in posting her career best numbers. She made 11 of 22 field goal attempts, including seven of 14 from behind the arc. She also converted 11 of 12 free throw attempts. She was supported by Mitchell, who posted a double double with 17 points and 10 assists.
The difference in the game came from behind the three-point arc, where Lyndon converted 13 threes, compared to only three for Husson. The Hornets also held a 55-45 rebounding advantage, allowing them to overcome 23 turnovers. The Eagles turned it over 12 times.
Husson returns to the court Tuesday, January 23 at Colby College with a tip scheduled for 5:00 pm.