POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College allowed the opposition to build up an insurmountable early halftime lead as the women's basketball team suffered a 73-33 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) loss at the hands of Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.
Colby-Sawyer (4-1, 1-0 NAC) playing in its NAC conference opener, hit on 5-of-7 three pointers and were perfect from the line as the visitors surged to a 46-16 lead in the opening half and then cruised to the victory.
The Chargers were led by Tianna Sugars who posted a game-high 21 points and hauled in six rebounds. Lexie Hamilton was the only other Charger in double figures with 13 points on top of her nine assists. Eleven Charges scored at least two points with Jordyn Enos and Joslin Wainwright leading the reserves with five points each. Wainright tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
Green Mountain (1-3, 0-2 NAC) was led by Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) who recorded nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W.Va.) contributed six points while Jessica Bradley (Portland, Ore.) and Maya Golowasch (West Harrison, N.Y.) came off the bench for four points each.
Colby-Sawyer received 18 combined points from Sugars and Hamilton to run out to a 29-7 lead in the opening stanza. A layup by Armstrong at the 5:58 mark brought the score to 15-7 and that was as close as the hosts would get from that point on.
Sugars led the Chargers in the second quarter as well with seven points as they posted a 17-9 edge in the period to take the 30-point lead into the break.
The Eagles responded well out of halftime posting better shooting averages than the visitors, but turnovers at inopportune times continued to plague the hosts as they were outscored 13-11 in the third quarter.
The Chargers' reserves closed out the game with a 14-6 advantage to secure the victory.
Colby-Sawyer outscored the Eagles in the paint 34-14 and bested the Eagles on points off turnovers 25-6. The teams were deadlocked in rebounds 44-44 with GMC continuing its pattern of strong showings on the offensive glass racking up 18 to the visitor's 14.
The Eagles will take to the road in their next contest as they visit New England College on Tuesday with tip off time slated for 5:30 p.m. Colby-Sawyer will also be in action on Tuesday at 5:30 as it hosts Castleton.