WATERVILLE, Maine – The Green Mountain College women's basketball team endured a 69-55 loss to Thomas College on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.
The Terriers improved to 9-14 (6-10 NAC) while the Eagles dropped to 5-18 (1-16 NAC).
The Terriers stormed out to an early 20-7 lead in the opening frame behind four makes from behind the arch. Sammie Griffin knocked down a pair of threes to lead the Terriers along with five points from Abby Nielsen. The Eagles struggled from the floor on 2-of-17 shooting as Riley Lane (Arlington, Vt.) chipped in with four points.
Thomas extended its lead throughout the second quarter for a 43-21 advantage at the half. Freshman Nikki Bradstreet came off the bench to record eight points to pace the Terriers.
In the third, the Eagles looked to chip away at the deficit as they outscored the Terriers 20-17. Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) tallied ten points including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Throughout the final frame, Green Mountain brought the deficit down to 14 points as it once again outscored the Terriers 14-9 to finish at 69-55.
Nielsen finished with a team-high 11 points for the Terriers along with four rebounds, and two assists. Jordan Agger-Barnes and Malorie Weaver each recorded 10 points in the win while Weaver neared a double-double with nine rebounds. Amira Jones contributed with seven points and 14 rebounds.
Armstrong recorded a game-high 18 points along with five boards, four steals and two blocks in the effort for Green Mountain. Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) and Taylor Hill (Ronceverte, W. Va.) each reached double figures with 14 points and 11 points, respectively with Hill completing the double-double with 11 rebounds.
The Eagles will return for its final home game on Monday against Vermont Tech with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.