Sluggish Start Sinks Eagles in Loss to Panthers

Sluggish Start Sinks Eagles in Loss to Panthers

POULTNEY, Vt. – A slow start by the Green Mountain College women's basketball team and hot outside shooting from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences resulted in a 75-54 loss for the Eagles on Wednesday night at the Eagle Dome.

Albany Pharmacy (3-6) shot over 50 percent from the field in the opening half, including an even 50 percent from beyond the arc to run up a 42-20 halftime lead.

The Panthers surged out of the gates to open the game on an 9-0 run capped by a triple from Emma Webster. The visitors then extended the lead by using a 9-5 run to close out the opening quarter. Dannie Griffin led the Panthers with eight points while Britanny Frasier and Mercedes Rideout posted three points apiece for the Eagles.

Webster continued her hot shooting in the second quarter by hitting three-of-five from downtown en route to a team leading nine points in the quarter. Olivia Parameter posted eight points of her own as the Panthers doubled up the Eagles 24-12 in the period. Sharena Armstrong led the way for the hosts with four points.         

Green Mountain (2-8) played much better in the second half of the game actually outscoring the Panthers 34-33, but it was too little too late as the first half lead became insurmountable as the game wore on.

Armstrong and Riley Lane each had productive quarters for the Eagles scoring eight points each. Lane connected on two of her three treys, while Armstrong used her speed to cut to the basket for several layups. Griffin was once again the catalyst for the Panthers scoring five points.

Parameter made sure the lead would be secure by leading the Panthers with eight fourth quarter points. The Eagles were buoyed by Frasier's six points in the stanza.

Overall the Panthers had four players reach double-figure scoring with Parameter leading the way with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in addition to her seven rebounds. Webster collected 20 points, including 6-of-12 makes from deep while also dishing out five assists. Griffin posted a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds coupled with three blocks and three steals, while Daniella Scanlon notched 11 points.

Green Mountain received a double-double from Armstrong who had a team high 14 points and 12 rebounds while also adding six assists. Frasier began to find the range on her jumper in this game going 6-of-10 from the field for 13 points and six boards while Lane cashed in 11 points. Keegan Hill popped off the bench to contribute four points and 10 rebounds.

The Eagles will remain at home for their next contest as they host Lyndon State College on Saturday with tip off time slated for 1 p.m.