JOHNSON, Vt. – The Green Mountain College women's basketball team received a career-high 32 points from Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) en route to its first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory with a 77-64 decision over Johnson State College on Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym.
The Eagles moved to 2-8 (1-6 NAC) while the Badgers slipped to 1-9 (1-5 NAC) on the season. The Eagles avenged their earlier home loss to Johnson by returning the favor of taking a road victory in the rematch. The win ends an 82-game conference winless streak and comes almost five years to the day from the Eagles last NAC triumph which also came against Johnson in early January of 2013.
Green Mountain jumped out early to a 10-2 lead, but the Badgers battled back to tie the score at 10 with four minutes left in the quarter. The teams traded baskets through the remainder of the period and the Eagles took the 19-16 advantage after one. Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W.Va.) was a spark off the bench with nine points in the quarter.
The score stayed close through the first six minutes of the second before Green Mountain closed the half on a 7-2 run capped by a layup by Keegan Hill (Hagerstown, Md.) to take a 37-29 lead into the break. Armstrong led the Eagles with eight points in the second stanza.
Johnson started the second half on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 39-37 three minutes into the third. However, Green Mountain regained control through the remainder of the quarter and held a 52-46 heading into the fourth. Riley Lane (Arlington, Vt.) hit on three shots from beyond the arc to lead the team with nine points in the period.
The Badgers worked hard to give themselves a chance in the fourth, but the Eagles pulled away at the end as Armstrong scored 11 of the team's 13 final points down the stretch to help cement the 77-64 victory.
Lane supplemented Armstrong's game-high 32 points with 18 points as she hit on six of her attempts from distance. Taylor Hill notched a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Britanny Frasier (Warrensburg, N.Y.) had a monster game on the glass collecting 20 caroms. Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) handed out a career-high eight assists.
One of the big keys for the Eagles was their effort on the glass as the team outrebounded the Badgers by a 57-40 margin.
Green Mountain will return home for its next contest against Albany Pharmacy on January 10th at 7 pm.