NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Green Mountain College women's basketball team witnessed history in the making as it scored 41 second-half points to earn a 64-48 victory over John Jay College on Wednesday evening at the Doghouse. The Eagles improved to 5-14 while the Bloodhounds dropped to 1-20 on the season. Mercedes Rideout's seven made threes tied her career-high mark reached twice this season. The junior guard also bypassed her own single season school record for made three-pointers (62) and now has 69 on the year. Her career total of 188 three-pointers also tops all Green Mountain sharpshooters since the College has been in the NCAA.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half as each posted shooting percentages under 30 percent.
In the opening quarter, the Eagles received a bucket from each of its starters en route to 12 points in the period. The Bloodhounds matched that output thanks in large part to a pair of three-pointers from Dana Nicholson.
GMC's Sharena Armstrong helped the Eagles to 11 second quarter points by scoring eight on 4-of-6 shooting. The defense locked down the hosts holding them to just 13.3 percent shooting to build up a 23-17 lead heading into halftime.
Armstrong led the Eagles with 10 first half points while Keegan Hill (Hagerstown, Md.) racked up seven rebounds.
After John Jay's Aliyah Lipton and Kaitlin Koehler opened the third period with two-straight baskets to cut Green Mountain's lead down to two, Hill converted an and-one opportunity as she was fouled while shooting. With the Eagles up by five, the visitors' Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) and Riley Lane (Arlington, Vt.) caught fire from the outside combining for 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from deep and ended the quarter with a 47-35 lead.
Five minutes into the fourth, the Eagles had increased their lead to 19 and cruised to the victory. The Bloodhounds finished the period scoring 12 points to the Eagles' 17. Armstrong led the Eagles with eight points in the stanza.
Green Mountain finished the game 25-for-63 (39.7%) from the floor, including an 11-for-34 (32.4%) mark from behind the arc and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
Rideout led the way for the Eagles with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from three-point land. Armstrong contributed across the board with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. Lane was also in double-figure scoring for the Eagles with 12 points. Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W.Va.) led the team in rebounding with 12, while Keegan Hill contributed seven points and 10 boards.
GMC will be back in action in the comfy confines of the Eagle Dome on Saturday when the team hosts Castleton at 1 p.m.