Eagles Early Turnovers Key in Loss to Pilgrims 

Eagles Early Turnovers Key in Loss to Pilgrims 
POULTNEY, Vt. – Turnovers plagued Green Mountain College as the team gave up 36 points off of turnovers resulting in a 77-40 loss to New England College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Eagle Dome.

Green Mountain (5-16, 1-14 NAC) started the game rather inauspiciously with five turnovers in its first six possessions down the floor.

New England College (13-9, 8-7 NAC) capitalized on the miscues and ran out to an early 6-0 lead capped by a layup by Daleia Boutwell.

After a Sharena Armstrong jumper got the Eagles on the scoreboard, the Pilgrims proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to open up an 18-2 lead.

A pair of three-pointers by GMC's Mercedes Rideout and Taylor Hill closed the deficit to 21-8 heading into the second quarter.

NEC's offense was clicking on all cylinders in the second stanza as the team hit on 58.8 percent of its shots while the Eagles continued to struggle shooting just 23.1 percent from the floor. That led to the visitors outscoring the Eagles 29-6 to take a 50-14 lead into the intermission.

Rene Hudson led the way in the opening half for the Pilgrims with 18 points, while Boutwell tallied 10. Armstrong led the Eagles with four points.

Green Mountain doubled its offensive output from the first half in the third quarter as it hit on 4-of-8 of its attempts from beyond the arc en route to 16 points while holding the Pilgrims to 14. NEC's reserves edged the Eagles in the final quarter by outscoring them, 13-10.

The Pilgrims were led offensively by Hudson who finished with 18 points and three steals. Desirae Mills missed just one shot to record 12 points leading all reserves. Boutwell scored 10 while Jada Black gathered in a team-high seven rebounds.

GMC received a team-high 15 points from Rideout who caught fire from the outside in the second half hitting 4-of-6 shoots from deep. Armstrong scored 11 points while collecting a game-high nine boards in addition to four assists. Maya Golowasch and Hill both grabbed six boards in defeat.

Green Mountain will next travel to Maine on Friday night to face UMaine-Farmington with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.