College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team fell to Northern Vermont University (NVU)- Lyndon 79-69 in the first game of the NVU Classic on Thursday, Nov. 8.
The game was tied at 12 after the fourth quarter. Lyndon put 21 points on the scoreboard in the second frame to CSJ's 20 for a 33-32 advantage going into halftime. Fighting Saints point guard Madison Akins shot 5-for-8 from the field for 10 first-half points, as well as three assists and two rebounds. Sabrena Eye had nine points and four rebounds in the first half.
CSJ outscored the Hornets 13-12 in the third quarter to bring the game back to even at 45-45. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Lyndon's Lea Crompton and Faith Poirier kicked off the fourth quarter set the pace for the Hornets. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie answered with a jump shot for the Saints, but Lyndon's Alissa Mitchell drained a three to extend Lyndon's lead to 54-47.
Akins converted a layup and Crisalida Chaplin followed suit to close the gap for CSJ, making the game 51-54 with six minutes to play. After a Lyndon timeout, Lea Crompton connected from beyond the arc to double the Hornets' lead, 51-57. Chaplin and Lyndon's Lauren Young traded layups to bring the score to 53-59 with five minutes remaining. After a good free throw by Crompton, Goodman-Boddie collected a pass from Akins and made a 3-pointer to bring the Saints within four, 56-60.
Lyndon would go on to make 11 free throws during the remainder of the game and seal the 79-69 victory. The Hornets were led by Mitchell, who scored a game-high 22 points and recorded 9 rebounds, five assists and one block. Crompton was 11-for-12 from the foul line and 2-for-2 from three point range on her way to 21 points.
Akins finished with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists for the Fighting Saints. Goodman-Boddie recorded her first double-double of the season with a career-high 15 rebounds and 10 points. She also had one assist and one block. Daija Black scored in every quarter and finished with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Eye had 12 points, six rebounds.