Eagles En Fuego from Deep in Loss to Gators

Eagles En Fuego from Deep in Loss to Gators

CHESTNUT HILL, Ma. – Green Mountain College enjoyed its best offensive output of the season, but it was not enough as the Eagles fell to Pine Manor, 79-55, in non-conference women's basketball action on Thursday evening.

Green Mountain (0-15) scorched the nets from beyond the arc hitting on 10-of-21 (47.6%) of its three-point attempts which was more than half of its total output for the game.

Leading the three-point barrage was Mercedes Rideout who connected on 5-of-7 attempts from deep en route to 15 points. Taylor Hill dropped 3-of-5 treys on the night on her way to a team-high 16 points in addition to six rebounds and a pair of steals. Suzanna Moses hit a pair of triples as a part of her 10-point night while also grabbing a team-high eight boards and dishing out four assists.

Pine Manor (7-11) did its damage in the paint and on the glass. The Gators held a distinct 48-12 advantage for points scored down low and also outrebounded the Eagles 49-35.

A large portion of that production came in the form of Taylor Ingram-Martin who led all scorers and rebounders with 30 and 16 for her double-double. Kristina Giunta contributed 18 points and seven boards, while Shaneka Monroe and Shaquanda Middleton shared in directing the offense by each handing out nine assists. Monroe also poured in ten points with five rebounds and four steals with Middleton scoring 12 points. Tiana Jordan popped off the bench for nine points and ten rebounds.

The Eagles actually sped away in the opening minutes to a 5-0 thanks to a three-pointer by Hill and a jumper from Rachel Moore.  The hosts countered immediately with an 11-0 run of their own to build a lead they would not relinquish again for the remainder of the contest. After a triple by GMC's Rideout ended the run, the Gators closed out the opening quarter on an 8-2 run to take a commanding 19-10 lead into the second period.

Ingram-Martin helped guide the offense for the hosts in the second quarter scoring nine of the team's 17 points to spur the team into the half with a 36-20 lead. The Eagles got equal contributions from five different players in the stanza.

Giunta had a productive third quarter for the Gators scoring 10 of the team's 21 points. Rideout was the lead scorer for the Eagles in the period notching six points on a pair of shots from distance.

The Eagles found the range from beyond the arc in the final stanza hitting on half of their made threes for the entire game. Moses and Hill combined for 16 of the team's 24 points in the quarter.  Ingram-Martin also had eight points to lead all Gators in the period.

Green Mountain will return home for its next contest against North Atlantic Conference rival Castleton on Saturday at 3 p.m.