POULTNEY, Vt. – A failure to make open shots from the outside doomed Green Mountain College as the Eagles dropped a 61-45 decision to Vermont Technical College in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday evening at the Eagle Dome.
Green Mountain (5-19) jumped out to a 7-2 lead through the first four minutes of the first quarter as Keegan Hill (Hagerstown, Md.) contributed four points during the run.
Vermont Tech (8-20) scored nine-straight points to erase the early deficit and take its first lead of the game at 11-7 on the strength of a team effort as four different players scored.
A jumper by VTC's Mandy Rogers and a three-pointer from Mariah Rilling just before the quarter ended gave the visitors a 16-12 lead heading into the second quarter.
A pair of three-pointers by Austen LaFrance and Rilling extended the Knights' lead to 22-13 by the 7:36 mark. The Eagles finished the half on a 9-4 run to reduce the deficit to 26-22 entering the break.
Rilling led all first half scorers with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including a 3-of-6 mark from beyond the arc. Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) and Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.) each had six points for the Eagles with all of Armstrong's points coming during the final run before the half ended.
Green Mountain could not make many inroads to erase the lead in the second half. The Eagles did manage to cut the deficit down to three points multiple times early in the third quarter and got to within 31-30 after a jumper by Armstrong. However, the Knights closed out the third quarter on an 11-5 run capped by a Rilling trey to take a 41-35 lead into the final stanza.
The Knights' lead quickly ballooned to 11 points with less than three minutes elapsed into the final quarter. A pair of free throws by Riley Lane (Arlington, Vt.) and a Keegan Hill jumper got the Eagles to within 48-42 with 4:22 to play, but the Knights hit some key shots late in the shot clock on multiple possessions to hold its double-digit lead and closed out the game with its largest lead of the contest.
Rilling led the Knights with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting and also posted five rebounds. Kiana Royer was the only other Knight in double-figure points as she contributed 11 points in addition to her team-high nine rebounds. Rogers led the reserves with four points.
Rideout led the Eagles with 15 points thanks to five made threes. Armstrong notched 12 points and eight rebounds while Keegan Hill nabbed a game-high 11 board adding to her seven points.
The Eagles will head to Castleton for the team's regular season finale on Saturday with tip off time slated for 1 p.m.