Northern Vermont-Lyndon and SUNY Canton each won quarterfinal games at home and will advance to the semifinal round on Friday, February 22, at top-seeded Husson. The Eagles will play No. 4 NVU-Lyndon at 5:30 PM, and the No. 2 Mariners will take on No. 3 SUNY Canton at 7:30 PM.
Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, February 23, at Husson at 2:00 PM.
The NAC Women's Basketball Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. The first round of the national tournament is March 1.
Quarterfinals • Saturday, February 16
No. 6 Thomas - 47 at No. 3 SUNY Canton - 78
No. 5 UMaine-Farmington - 42 at No. 4 NVU-Lyndon - 66
Semifinals • Friday, February 22 (at Husson)
No. 4 NVU-Lyndon (14-11, 8-6) at No. 1 Husson (17-8, 13-1) - 5:30 PM
No. 3 SUNY Canton (12-13, 8-6)at No. 2 Maine Maritime (18-6, 12-2) - 7:30 PM
Championship • Saturday, February 23 (at Husson)
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 PM
QUARTERFINAL GAME RECAPS
#6 Thomas at #3 SUNY Canton
Canton, NY - Three players scored in double figures paced by a game-high 20 points from Breanna Cullers as the SUNY Canton women's basketball team earned a convincing 78-47 win versus Thomas College in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The Roos improve to 12-13 on the season, and will take on Maine Maritime Academy on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Championship weekend will be hosted by top seeded Husson.
Cullers 20 points were five off her season-high. Teammate Antanasia Chambes stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Tyberia Wallace chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Autumn Watkins finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Sade Rogers added eight.
Addie Brinkman was the lone Terrier in double figures with 12 points, while Malorie Weaver and Kaylee Ravagli supplied eight points each.
The Roos jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead after the opening quarter behind nine points from Cullers. Canton continued to control play, outscoring the Terriers 21-9 in the second quarter to take a commanding 25-point lead into intermission.
Each team scored 15 points in the third quarter before Canton pulled away with a 22-16 advantage in the final period.
Canton held the upper hand in second chance points (21-4), points off turnovers (20-7) and points in the paint (36-24).
~Courtesy of SUNY Canton Sports Information
#5 UMaine-Farmington at #4 Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Lyndonville, VT - Hosting a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) playoff game for the first time in program history, the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team scored the first six points of the game and ran away with a 66-42 quarterfinal win over the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets, the tournament's #4 seed, improve to 14-11 on the season and advance to play top seed Husson University in the semi-finals. That game will be played on Friday evening at 5:30 pm at Husson. UMaine-Farmington, the #5 seed, concludes their season at 6-20.
Hornet forward Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) got the Hornets off to a fast start, scoring inside off of a feed from Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) for the first basket of the game. Celley then scored off of a feed from Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH), and converted a putback to make it 6-0, Hornets, 2:31 into the game. McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, ME) got the Beavers on the board on the next possession, but the Hornets answered when Celley found a cutting Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) for a layup. After the teams traded scores, UMF's Morgan Crocker (Boothbay, ME) knocked down a three pointer to pull the Beavers to within three at 10-7.
Following the first quarter media timeout, Poirier drained a three to put the Hornets back up by six. With Lyndon leading by four, the Hornets closed the opening quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by a Mitchell three at the buzzer, to make it 22-11, Hornets after one.
Rylee Moore (Livermore, ME) knocked down a jumper on Lyndon's first possession of the second quarter to extend the lead to 13. After Halee Ramsdell (Wells, ME) answered for UMF, Crompton's driving layup ignited a 7-1 run capped by another Poirier three to give the Hornets their biggest lead of the opening half at 31-14 with 5:14 remaining before the break. The Beavers battled back to within 12 following a three from Haley Felkel (Cumberland, ME) and a Makayla Wilson (Belgrade, ME) layup. The two teams played on nearly even terms the remainder of the quarter as Lyndon took a 35-22 lead into intermission.
Felkel drained another three on UMF's first possession of the second half to cut Lyndon's lead to 35-25. Crompton answered with a three and Celley converted two free throws to build the advantage back to 15. Both teams struggled to score through much of the middle portion of the third quarter. Two Brodeur free throws pulled the Beavers within 47-36 with 48 seconds remaining in the period. The Hornets' Ellie Harrington (Fareham, Hampshire, UK) then connected on a three and Crompton drove and scored to send Lyndon into the final quarter with a 52-36 advantage.
Neither team was able to score in the opening minutes of the final quarter. Following a UMF timeout, Molly Folsom's (Fairfield, ME) made it 52-39 with 7:20 to go. That was as close as the Beavers would get, however, as Lyndon built the lead to 19 on field goals from Moore, Mitchell, and Celley. The Beavers could only muster three Crocker free throws the rest of the way, as the Hornets pulled away and moved on in the tournament.
Celley had a huge game for the Hornets, finishing with 19 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Crompton and Moore chipped in with 11 and ten points, respectively. Brodeur led UMF with 13 points and five rebounds. Wilson was the only other Beaver in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Hornet defense stifled UMF for much of the afternoon, limiting the Beavers to only 13 field goals on 63 attempts (20.6%) and forcing 17 UMF turnovers. The Hornets made 25 of 61 shots (41.0%) and owned a commanding 54-34 rebounding advantage.
~Courtesy of Northern Vermont-Lyndon Sports Information