Eagles Drop Third Straight in Loss to Pilgrims

Eagles Drop Third Straight in Loss to Pilgrims

HENNIKER, N.H.—The Green Mountain College women's basketball team continued its early game struggles as the team fell in New England College's home opener, 81-28, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Tuesday evening. 

The win boosts NEC to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the NAC, while Green Mountain falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The Pilgrims were led by Kourtney Elmore with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting with four three-pointers. Rene Hudson chipped in with 14 points, followed by Ashley Lopez with 12 points. Lopez also tallied five assists and five steals in the win.

As a team, the Pilgrims shot 35.9 percent from the floor (28-of-78) and 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. The Pilgrims hit just 15-of-34 attempts from the free throw line.

The Eagles were led by Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) with eight points on 3-of-12 shooting while Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W. Va.) led the team in rebounding with six boards.

Green Mountain struggled from the floor, hitting just 11 shots on 47 attempts (23.4 percent). The team also had difficulty holding onto the ball which resulted in 32 points for the Pilgrims off of its 40 turnovers.

The first half saw the Pilgrims go on an 11-0 run before the Eagles managed their first basket. NEC would go on to outscore its guests 18-6 in the first quarter.

NEC really took control in the second quarter, where they used a 26-4 scoring advantage to build a 30-point lead. Nine different players contributed to the Pilgrims' first-half efforts, including Elmore, who had 13 points and three three-pointers by halftime.

The game continued in similar fashion in the second half, with NEC widening the gap even farther en route to the 53-point victory.

The Eagles return home again for a conference matchup against Husson on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.