Game Notes: Women's Basketball Heads to Vermont to Open up NAC Play

Game Notes: Women's Basketball Heads to Vermont to Open up NAC Play

Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (4-0, 0-0 NAC) at NVU-Johnson (1-4, 0-0 NAC), 7:30 pm, Carter Varsity Gymnasium, Johnson, Vermont.

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy at NVU-Lyndon (2-2, 0-0 NAC), 3:00 pm, Stannard Gymnasium, Lyndonville, Vermont. 

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Series Histories: The Mariners hold a 26-0 all-time record over the Badgers, including a 12-0 record when playing in Vermont, and a 17-4 advantage against the Hornets, including a 6-4 record when playing in Lyndonville.

Last Meetings:  

February 9, 2018: Maine Maritime Academy 69 – NVU-Johnson 30

The two teams exchanged baskets early in the first quarter, but the Mariners went on an eight-point run to take a 10-point lead with 3:03 to go in the quarter and never looked back, holding onto a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game and cruising to the 69-30 victory.

Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led all players with 14 points, and added eight rebounds, two assists and a steal and teammate Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) added 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Jocelyn Pellerin led the Badgers with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.

The Mariners shot 39.3 percent from the floor, while the Badgers shot 19.6 percent. The Mariners also held a 53-21 edge in rebounds.

February 20, 2018: Maine Maritime 57 – NVU-Lyndon 37 – NAC Quarterfinals 

The Hornets struck first with a jumper from Kelsey Jacobs, but the Mariners scored four-straight to take a 4-2 lead at 7:46. Gabrielle Foy hit a three-pointer to give Lyndon a 5-4 advantage just seconds later but Maine Maritime's Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) added four-unanswered points to give the Mariners an 8-5 lead with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter. Lyndon closed the gap to one with 3:24 to go, but the Mariners began to pull away, taking a 15-9 lead into the second quarter.

A layup from Felix stretched the Mariners' lead to 17-9 early in the second quarter, but the Hornets responded with an 8-2 run to close the gap to just two (19-17) at 6:11. Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) splashed a three to spark an eight-point run for the Mariners at 4:24 and Maine Maritime carried a 10-point lead (34-24) into halftime.

The Mariners held the Hornets to just four points in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 57-37 victory.

Felix led the Mariners with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) added 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and McLean ended the evening with seven points, and a game-high six assists.

Lyndon's Mikayla Hodge tallied a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds and also chipped in with two steals. 

Maine Maritime shot 42.3 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 22.0 percent, and the Mariners held a 41-40 edge in rebounds.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball sailed to an 81-45 victory over Bard College in non-conference action on8 November 1 at the Raptors Tip-Off Tournament inside of the Stevenson Athletic Center.

The Mariners took a 48-24 lead into halftime and never looked back, holding the Raptors to just 21 points in the second half. 

Alayne Felix led the Mariners with 21 points, one block, one rebound and a steal. Megan McLean added 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists and Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) contributed nine points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Christina Kiser led Bard with a game-high 23 points, and added five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Katie Esposito chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and a block.

The Mariners shot 54.1 percent from the floor, while the Raptors shot 29.2 percent. The Mariners held a 45-24 advantage in rebounds. 

NVU-Johnson's Last Game: The Badgers defeated Green Mountain College on Wednesday night, 78-56 in non-conference action.

Johnson got on the board first after a jump shot from junior Christle Page before Green Mountain jumped out to an early 8-2 lead. Johnson battled back and never looked back after a made three-point shot by sophomore guard Jocelyn Pellerin gave the Badgers a 9-8 lead. Johnson then went on a 17-9 run to close the first quarter to give the Badgers a 26-17 lead entering the second quarter. 

At the start of the second quarter, the Eagles looked to close the gap. Green Mountain tried to capitalize on a slow offensive start by Johnson as the Eagles went on a 5-0 run to shrink the Badgers' lead to four points. Sharp shooting by freshman Amorette Rodriquez, strong post play by freshman forward Alexandra Barry, and six assists by four separate Badgers helped lead Johnson to a 49-30 lead entering halftime.

Entering the second half, Johnson continued their offensive barrage as they quickly added eight points to extend their lead to 27 halfway through the third quarter. The Badgers outscored Green Mountain 14-8 in the third stanza to push the lead to 63-38 entering the final 10 minutes of action.

With the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagles looked to make a comeback but were denied by the Badgers' relentless defense. Despite outscoring Johnson 18-15 in the final quarter of action, the Eagles were unable to catch the Badgers as Johnson ran away with their first win of the season, 78-56.

Ten of thirteen active players scored for the Badgers and four put up double figures in the victory. Freshman forward Alexandra Barry led the Badgers as she went 8-12 from the floor and racked up 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes of action. Junior Lindsey LaPerle and freshman Amorette Rodriquez tallied 11 points a piece and senior Mary Richardson added 10 points of her own. Sophomore forward Devin Libby was the top rebounder for Johnson with nine boards. The Badgers had 17 assists on 29 made field goals. 

NVU-Lyndon's Last Game*: NVU-Lyndon fell to Plymouth State University, 62-48 on November 17 in non-conference action. (*The Hornets host Husson University on Friday night.)

With Lyndon leading 5-3 in the early going, Plymouth went on a 12-1 run to take a 15-6 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Lyndon fought back from there, and Alissa Mitchell's steal and layup gave the Hornets their first lead since the early going.  Faith Poirier then scored off of a Mitchell feed to build the lead to three, but four-straight points from Plymouth's Jess Conant put the Panthers back in front. Plymouth built the lead to 32-28 at the half.

The Panthers looked to extend the advantage at the start of the third quarter, moving out to a 38-30 advantage following a Brittany Roche layup. The Hornets responded with an 8-0 run, tying the game on a Lea Crompton jumper with 2:54 to go in the third. Back-to-back threes from Roche and Debra Morrill put Plymouth back up by six, but a layup and a free throw from the Hornets' Ashlynn Bardos pulled Lyndon within 44-41 after three.

Lyndon cut the margin to one when Poirier found Mitchell for a layup with just over eight minutes remaining. That was as close as the Hornets would got, as Plymouth scored the next six points and eventually pulled away for the 14-point victory.

Conant and Roche led Plymouth with 17 and 16 points respectively. Cassidy Emerson added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Victoria paced the Hornets with 12 points while Crompton chipped in with 11.

The Mariners: In four games, the Mariners average 73.5 points, 42.5 rebounds and 15.8 assists per game, while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, 24.1 percent from three-point land and 67.1 percent from the line.

Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 16.5 points per game, while Megan McLean leads the team with 4.8 rebounds and three assists per game and Deirdre Sanborn (Standish, Maine) leads the team with 2.3 steals per game. 

The Badgers: After five games NVU-Johnson averages 57.8 points, 45.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game, while shooting 36.8 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three-point land and 59.6 percent from the line.

Amorette Rodriquez leads the Badgers with 11 points per game, while both Kaitlyn Brouard and Lindsey LaPerle average 10.8 points per game, LePerle also leads the team with 1.4 steals per game and Mary Richardson averages 10 points per game. Brouard leads the team with two assists per game, Ellery Kiefer leads the team with six rebounds per game. 

The Hornets: After four games NVU-Lyndon averages 61 points, 32.2 rebounds and 13 assists per game, while shooting 34.6 percent from the floor, 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from three-point land. 

Lea Crompton leads the Hornets with 14 points, while Alissa Mitchell averages 12 points per game and Faith Poirier averages 11.5 points per game. Mitchell leads the team with seven rebounds and three steals per game, and Victoria Carlson leads the Hornets with three assists per game.