LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – A scoreless drought that spanned almost 10 minutes between the first and second quarters doomed the Eagles as the Green Mountain College women's basketball team lost 104-51 to Lyndon State College in both teams' opening North Atlantic Conference (NAC) contest of the 2017-18 season at Stannard Gym on Tuesday evening.
With the win the Hornets evened their record at 2-2 overall while Green Mountain fell to 1-2.
The Hornets and Eagles were tied, 5-5, three minutes into the contest. At that point Lyndon outscored Green Mountain 26-0 over final seven minutes of the quarter to build a 31-5 advantage after one. Senior center Mikayla Hodge scored 13 points in the quarter and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior guard Gabrielle Foy added eight points, connecting on two of three three-point attempts.
Lyndon extended the run to 32-0 to start the second quarter, making the score 37-5 two minutes into the quarter. Green Mountain's Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) ended the Lyndon run by connecting on a three at the 7:40 mark. Lyndon remained firmly in control, however, and built a 51-17 lead going into halftime.
All ten Hornets played substantially throughout the second half as the Hornets pulled away further. A three-pointer from Maria Ramos with 3:37 to go put the Hornets at the century mark, and they went on to the 53-point win.
Foy made five of ten three-point attempts on the way to a team leading 23-point effort. Hodge recorded a double double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and added four blocked shots. Alisha Celley added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Ramos chipped in 12 points. Freshman guard Faith Poirier handed out a team best seven assists.
Rideout totaled 21 points to lead the Eagles tying a career high in made three-pointers with a 7-of-9 performance from behind the arc. She had previously hit seven treys in her freshman year in a loss to Husson on February 12. Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) contributed 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Britanny Frasier (Warrensburg, N.Y.) led the team in rebounding grabbing seven caroms while adding six points.
Lyndon owned a commanding 57-32 advantage on the glass and forced 32 Eagle turnovers while committing only 14 themselves.
GMC will return to the comfy confines of the Eagle Dome in preparation for Saturday's home contest against Colby-Sawyer at 1 p.m.