BARRE, Vt. – The Norwich University women's basketball team outscored NVU-Lyndon in the first three quarters of action to register a 56-46 win in the team's second game of the Granite City Shootout at the Barre Auditorium.
Norwich claimed a victory in both games in the weekend tournament to run its overall record to 2-3 to start the 2019-20 campaign. The loss sent the Hornets to a 1-4 mark overall.
The first quarter saw the teams trade mini runs throughout. Norwich burst out to a 5-0 lead only to surrender a subsequent 8-0 run to NVU-Lyndon finding itself down 8-5 at the 6:20 mark. After the teams traded baskets, the Cadets used a 9-0 run capped by five-straight points by junior guard Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) to jump out to a 16-10 lead. The Hornets closed out the quarter on a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 16-14 heading into the second period.
The second quarter witnessed the lowest scoring output of the game as each team struggled from the field combining to score 19 points. Bennett notched four of the team's 10 second-quarter points helping the Cadets to a slim 26-23 lead at the break.
The Hornets tied the game just seven seconds into the third quarter when Alissa Mitchell canned a three-pointer. Norwich then used a 15-1 run highlighted by six points each from senior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior guard Julia Vigorito (Malden, Mass.) to extend its lead to 41-27 with 43 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Hornets countered with the last three points of the period to bring the score to 41-30 heading into the final stanza.
NVU-Lyndon came out in a full-court press which challenged the Cadet ball handlers early and allowed the Hornets to cut the deficit to 41-39 at the 7:12 mark. Norwich took advantage of the Hornets over pursuing the ball twice finding Bennett wide open for a pair of clutch three-pointers that re-established the Cadets' lead at 49-40. Junior forward Caleigh Travers' (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) work on the offensive and defensive boards down the stretch helped ice the victory for Norwich. She grabbed five rebounds and hit three free throws to sew up the win.
Bennett led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. DeSilvio tallied 11 and added seven rebounds. Travers led the reserves with six points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while junior guard Emily Schromm (North Attleboro, Mass.) paced the team with five assists and a career-high six steals.
Norwich will look to extend its winning streak to three games when it visits the University of Vermont on Wednesday, December 4th after enjoying a week away from the court for the Thanksgiving break.