LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - Down by as many as 12 points on Tuesday evening, the Norwich University women's basketball team was able to come all the way back to defeat Lyndon State on the road by a 69-64 final score.
Trailing the hosting Hornets with under a minute to go in the first half, Norwich was looking at heading into halftime with a significant deficit before senior captain Shyan Josler (Thetford Center, Vt.) stepped up in a big way with a clutch three-pointer with 9 seconds to go to cut the lead to 4 and swing momentum back into the Cadets' favor as both teams headed into the locker room.
By the time the third quarter ended on a pair of KristieAnn DeSilvio (Chelmsford, Mass.) free throws, the Cadets only trailed by a single point heading into the final quarter. Norwich went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to run away with an impressive 69-64 victory thanks to their resilient offensive approach and suffocating second-half defense. The whole fourth quarter saw Lyndon State only put 10 points on the scoreboard.
Josler led the way for the Cadets, leading the team in points (17) and rebounds (7) while dishing out 4 assists. The Cadet captain stayed on the floor almost the entire game, leading the way end to end. Freshman Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) put together a solid performance as while, pouring in 13 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Maria Draper (Laconia, N.H.) and Katie Dixon (Revere, Mass.) each set new career highs with 8 points each.
The victory brings the Cadets up to a 2-4 record on the year, as they look to build on the momentum turning win in a few days when they next take the court. NU will be traveling to Johnson State on Thursday night for a 7:00 PM showdown with the 0-5 Badgers, before opening their Great Northeast Athletic (GNAC) schedule on Saturday when they welcome Albertus Magnus to Northfield for a 3:00 PM tilt.