|Thomas College||Green Mountain College|
POULTNEY, Vt. – The Thomas College women’s basketball team rallied back from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Green Mountain College, 68-55, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Friday night on the road.
Green Mountain (3-11, 1-9 NAC) took an early 2-0 lead on a made jumper from Sharena Armstrong. Both teams then struggled offensively as nearly four minutes elapsed before Green Mountain extended the lead to 5-0 after a three-pointer from Mercedes Rideout. Thomas finally found its rhythm on offense using its reserves to narrow the lead to one point several times, but the Eagles ended the period outscoring the visitors, 13-10.
The Eagles hit on 4-of-8 threes in the second period en route to a 21-13 advantage in the second period. Rideout connected for two more threes. In all, Rideout hit on 5-of-8 from deep to lead the hosts with 15 first half points to help carry the Eagles into half with a 34-23 lead. Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine) and Addie Brinkman (Farmington, Maine) each had four for the Terriers.
Thomas (8-7, 5-3 NAC) turned the tide in the second half outscoring the Eagles 21-11 to trim the Eagles lead to just one point heading into the final stanza. Armstrong fouled out of the game for the Eagles after picking up two fouls in the period and the team seemed to struggle offensively without her. Sammie Griffin (Union, Maine) led the Terriers with seven points in the quarter while Taylor Hill had eight for the Eagles.
The Eagles lost another key contributor early in the fourth quarter as Britanny Frasier fouled out of the game leaving the hosts with just five players. The Terriers took advantage, especially on the offensive glass creating multiple second chance opportunities and rallied to a 24-10 advantage in the stanza. Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine) led the Terriers in the period, while Rideout connected for another pair of triples to lead the Eagles with six.
Thomas was led by Griffin who scored 12 points. Brinkman also hit double figures with 10 points off the bench while adding seven boards. Turner led the visitors with nine rebounds in addition to her eight points.
Rideout led the Eagles with 21 points hitting a career-high seven three-pointers while also dishing out four assists. Riley Lane reached double digit points with 13. Armstrong collected a team-high nine rebounds in addition to her eight points.
The Terriers travel to Castleton on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. conference matchup.