LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – University of Maine at Farmington sophomore Elizabeth Ferry led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Beavers beat Lyndon State College, 67-48, in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball on Friday night at Stannard Gymnasium.
With the victory, UMaine-Farmington improved to 8-13 overall and 7-6 in the North Atlantic Conference, while the Hornets fall to 2-16 and 2-11 in conference play. With the win, the Beavers kept pace in the hunt for a top four seed in the NAC Tournament, with just five games remaining. UMF is currently tied for fifth in the league standings, with three games against teams above them in the standings.
Ferry went 5-of-10 from the field with a 4-of-6 mark at the free-throw line. Sophomore Ayla Allen also contributed with 12 points and two steals in the win. Freshman Kennadi Grover came off the bench to add 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Chelsea Watson led Lyndon State in scoring with 13 points. Marley Harmon had a team-high seven rebounds and Drew Neal contributed six rebounds.
UMaine-Farmington posted a .404 field goal percentage, going 23-of-57 from the floor, while defensively handcuffing Lyndon State to an anemic .233 shooting clip from the field.
Lyndon State's strongest challenge to UMaine-Farmington's dominating performance came at the 8:19 mark of the first half, when Watson managed a 3-pointer to pull the Hornets to within four, 23-19.
Ferry answered with a jumper just 20 seconds later, and Farmington outscored Lyndon State, 9-2, over the rest of the half. That left the Beavers with a 34-21 lead at the intermission.
The Beavers slowly extended their lead over the course of the second half, reaching a 20-point margin, 56-36, on Meghan Smith's jumper with 7:24 remaining.
UMaine-Farmington will visit Johnson State College on Saturday, in a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.