Eagles Close Early, Lose Late to Terriers

Eagles Close Early, Lose Late to Terriers

POULTNEY, Vt. – Two single-digit scoring quarters resulted in insufficient offense as Green Mountain College lost the second game of its season series against Thomas College, 65-41, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win Thomas upped its overall record to 7-19 and improved its NAC mark to 4-9. The Eagles meanwhile slipped to 0-19 overall and 0-14 in the conference.

Amira Jones led the way for the Terriers scoring 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding three assists. Her 11th point of the game caused a brief stoppage as the junior center was recognized for scoring her 1000th career point. Karli Stubbs contributed 13 points while Abby Nielsen led the reserves with 11 points and five rebounds. Tess McClenahan grabbed a game-high ten rebounds.

Green Mountain was led by Taylor Hill who scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high-tying nine rebounds. Suzanna Moses chipped in with 11 points, while Laney Trammell recorded six points and nine boards off the bench.

The Eagles jumped out to the early lead on the back of a pair of three-pointers from Moses and Mercedes Rideout. Stubbs' three-pointer gave the Terriers a 7-6 lead which became a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

Moses hit a trio of free throws toward the close of the first quarter to reduce the deficit to 13-12, but that would be as close as the Eagles would get through to the final buzzer.

The Terriers outscored the hosts 39-21 in the opening half and although the Eagles fared better in the second half, the Terriers still held a 26-20 scoring edge.

Thomas shot 38.8 percent (26-67) from the field compared to the 21 percent mark (13-62) of the Eagles. The Eagles were more accurate from the charity stripe hitting on 10-of-12 shots. The visitors struggled from the free throw line converting at only a 53.3 percent (8-of-15) clip. Thomas took advantage of the Eagles lack of size down low and outrebounded GMC 58-37 and registered a 28-10 edge in points in the paint.

Green Mountain will enjoy a well-needed break before heading to Maine to face Maine Maritime on Friday and Husson on Saturday. Thomas will also have the week before hosting New England College on Friday and then Colby-Sawyer on Saturday.