LYNDONVILLE, Vermont - Sami Ireland's second double-double of the season led the Husson University women's basketball team (14-7, 11-0 NAC) past the NVU-Lyndon Hornets (7-14, 3-8 NAC), 62-52 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Eagles remain a perfect 11-0 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.
IN THE ACTION:
The Eagles and Hornets set out on a defensive battle for the opening 6:32 of the game. Alissa Mitchell put two on the board for the home team before Emma Alley responded with a basket of her own to tie the game, 2-2. Neither team was able to sink a shot behind outstanding defensive play on both sides, led by Bailey Donovan who registered a blocked shot and a steal in the gridlock. Megan Peach would connect a pass from Joan Overman to put the Eagles ahead, 4-2 with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter. The Hornets would strike back as Lea Crompton went 2-2 from the charity stripe to tie the game at nine. Nicole Tapparo sank a shot from under the basket to send the Eagles into the break with an 11-9 advantage.
Cassie Urso would extend the Eagles lead to ten in the second quarter, but NVU-Lyndon would answer. Faith Poirier's shot from behind the arc would bring the Hornets within four with 2:31 to go in the half. The Eagles offense continued to bring the heat as they took a 31-26 lead into the locker room.
The green and gold added an eight point boost to their lead (46-38) behind an Ireland jumper, before Saleena Porter hit a shot from within the paint to chip into the Eagles lead. Alisha Celley added a jumper of her own as the third quarter ended with the visitors carrying a 46-42 advantage into the final frame of play. Celley brought the Hornets within a possession to open the fourth quarter, before back-to-back three-pointers from the sophomore duo of Sydney Allen and Alley bumped the Eagles lead to ten, 54-44, with 6:41 to go. Ireland would give the green and gold their largest lead of the day on a lay-up made possible from a Vanessa Duarte steal in the the Eagles defensive end. NVU-Lyndon would come within eight as Shaylan Mosher would sink a jumper with 26 seconds left in the game, but a 2-2 performance from Alley at the free throw line would seal the deal for the Eagles, who head home from Vermont with a 62-52 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Ireland posted her second double-double of the season, scoring 16 points while adding 11 rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in the Eagles' victory.
Celley led the Hornets with 18 points, six rebounds and a block in the loss.
Alley chipped in 12 points, two assists, two rebounds as well as two steals.
Mitchell recorded six points, five steals, five assists and two rebounds for the Hornets.
The Eagles held a 50-25 advantage in rebounds, while shooting 50% from behind the arc compared to the Hornets' 31.3%.
The Eagles will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule as they make the trip to face the Mules of Colby College on Tuesday, February 11th for a 5:30pm game.