POUTLNEY, Vt. – Cazenovia College hit on over half of its shots in the second half of play to down the Green Mountain College women's basketball team in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.
Both teams struggled from the field in the half as both posted percentages under 30 from the floor. While Cazenovia managed to find its rhythm offensively later in the game, the Eagles were unable to counter and ultimately fell, 81-51.
Green Mountain (1-1) got off to a 4-0 lead early thanks to its tenacity on the glass as the hosts managed to score on a pair of putbacks by sophomore forward Keegan Hill (Hagerstown, Md.) after she collecting rebounds on the offensive glass. Cazenovia then went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game with 3:57 to go in the first. After a Britanny Frasier (Warrensburg, Pa.) layup for the Eagles, the visitors scored four straight to take an 11-6 lead. GMC closed out the quarter on a 4-0 run by junior guard Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) to cut the deficit to 11-10 heading into the second quarter.
Sophomore wing Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W. Va.) was perfect from the field for the Eagles in the second stanza as she led the Eagles with five points, but was countered by Morgan DeLand's six points off the bench for the visitors as she dominated the glass with seven boards in the quarter. That helped the Wildcats to a 15-11 edge in the period which gave them a 26-21 lead at the break.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 32-23 coming out of the break, but the Eagles managed to trim the deficit to 34-32 following a Rideout three-pointer at the 5:25 mark of the period. Unfortunately, the Wildcats proceeded to go on an 8-0 run in the next three minutes and started to wear down the Eagles by pushing the pace offensively and ended the third with a 49-40 lead.
Green Mountain ran out of gas and was unable to keep up with the fast-paced transition game of the Wildcats down the stretch. The visitors outscored the Eagles 32-11 in the quarter to solidify the win as Kelli Shepardson had 12 points in the quarter.
Cazenovia was led by a pair of 20-point scorers who double doubled in the win. DeLand recorded 20 points and 15 rebounds while Shepardson had 20 and 10. Skylar Girard was the other double figure scorer for the visitors with 15 points.
Green Mountain received double-digit scoring from Rideout who had 11 points along with five assists, as well as Keegan Hill who tallied 10 points to go with her seven boards. Taylor Hill led the team with 11 rebounds and also contributed nine points. Freshman center Estela Felix Almeida (South Gath, Calif.) scored her first collegiate points with a putback layup.
Green Mountain will use some extra time to get fresh over Thanksgiving and then return to begin conference play with a road game at Lyndon St. on Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m.