POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College ran up against the top-ranked team in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) on Saturday and struggled to keep pace with the league's top squad losing 90-38 to Husson University at the Eagle Dome. The win continues Husson's perfect opening to the conference schedule while GMC is still searching for its first NAC win of the year.
Husson (14-1, 10-0 NAC), which held the lead from start to finish in the contest, jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the opening quarter on the strength of four points by Darla Morales. The hosts battled right back and after a pair of free throw makes by Laney Trammell, they were back to within 9-7. GMC could not maintain its offensive rhythm, however, and the hosts used a 12-0 run to end the quarter to earn a 21-7 advantage after one.
The visitors again held Green Mountain to just seven points in the second stanza while scoring 19 points of their own, including 10 from Tate Dolly off the bench. Taylor Hill registered four points in the period for the hosts, but GMC found itself down 40-14 heading into halftime.
Green Mountain doubled its offensive output from the first half in the third period alone tallying 14 points as Mercedes Rideout (6) and Hill (5) combined for 11 points. Unfortunately, the hosts could not stop the offense of Husson as the visitors notched 24 points in the stanza with six coming from Chandler Guerrette.
With a short bench the hosts tired down the stretch and were outscored 26-10, several of the points the team gave up came from fast breaks after turnovers. Hayden Campbell recorded 10 points in the period for Husson with Rideout countering with five for GMC.
Pacing the Husson offense was Dolly who posted team highs in points (16) and rebounds (8). Campbell netted 12 points and five boards. Complimenting those two scorers in the offense were Sarah Bragg and Guerrette who both contributed 11 points with Guerrette also recording four rebounds and four assists.
Green Mountain (8-7, 5-5 NAC) was led by Rideout who registered 14 points, four rebounds and a career-high five steals. Hill contributed nine points of her own to go with a game-high 11 rebounds, while Suzanna Moses tallied eight points and five rebounds.
The visitor's shot 39-for-90 (43.3%) from the field while holding GMC to a 21.4 percent mark from the floor (12-of-55).
Green Mountain will be back on the road on Thursday with a date at Pine Manor at 5:30 p.m. while Husson will play host to Bowdoin on Tuesday at 7 p.m.