Mariners Outlast Hornets to Complete Season Sweep

Mariners Outlast Hornets to Complete Season Sweep

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball defeated Lyndon State College 67-47 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium. 

With the win the Mariners improve to 16-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference, while the Hornets fall to 13-10 on the season and 9-7 in the NAC. Maine Maritime returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Thomas College at 5:30 pm.

Mikayla Hodge put the Hornets on the board first, but the Mariners scored six-unanswered points to take a 6-2 lead with 8:08 to go in the first quarter. Lyndon closed the gap to one (6-5) with a three-point play by Hodge but the Mariners began to pull away, and carried a 17-13 advantage into the second quarter.

Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) and Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit threes to open up the second quarter, and the Mariners took their biggest lead of the half (27-16) at 6:02. The Hornets battled back and outscored the Mariners 10-3 to finish up the half and cut the lead to 30-26 entering halftime. 

Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) and Ogden led the Mariners with eight points each in the first half, while Hodge led the Hornets with 16 points.

The Hornets came out strong in the third quarter and tied the game at 34-34, but a three-point play by Kane put the Mariners ahead by three and a layup by Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) stretched the lead to five. The Mariners outscored the Hornets 5-2 in the final minutes of the quarter to take a 44-36 lead into the fourth.

The two teams swapped three-pointers to open up the fourth quarter, but McLean hit the first of three three-pointers for the Mariners, and the hosts took a 59-43 lead midway through the quarter. Maine Maritime outscored the Hornets 23-11 in the final quarter to cruise to the 20-point victory.

McLean led the Mariners with a career-high 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) added 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal and Ogden finished the afternoon with 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Hodge tallied a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hornets, while also adding a pair of blocks and a steal. Alissa Mitchell added nine points, five rebounds, three steals and as assist.

The Mariners shot 41.9 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from three-point land, while the Hornets shot 31.4 percent from the floor and 17.4 percent from beyond the arc. Maine Maritime also held a 40-32 edge in rebounds.