Thomas Basketball to Host Castleton, Green Mountain This Weekend

Thomas Basketball to Host Castleton, Green Mountain This Weekend

WATERVILLE, Maine --- After a weekend away, the Thomas College basketball teams return to Larry Mahaney Gymnasium to host Castleton University and Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.

A host of festivities are planned for the weekend.

During halftime of the women's contest on Friday, Thomas Athletics will recognize student-athletes that have earned conference and regional academic awards. During halftime of the men's contest, student-athletes that have earned conference and regional athletic awards will be recognized. 

If you are able to attend the games, Thomas Athletics would encourage our fans to support one or both of the programs below:

Play 4Kay – wear PINK to raise awareness and funds for women's cancer research. For additional information visit  www.play4kay.org

National Wear RED Day – wear RED to raise awareness to prevent heart disease and stroke in women. For additional information visit  www.goredforwomen.org

The women's program has designated the entire weekend as a "Play 4Kay" weekend. The team will be accepting donations at both games to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research and related projects, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.




Men (11-8, 7-5 NAC)
Friday vs. Castleton (6-13, 5-7 NAC), 7:30 p.m. ( Live Stats  |  Video )
Saturday vs. Green Mountain (15-4, 10-2 NAC), 3 p.m. Live Stats  |  Video )

Last meeting vs. Castleton
Won 83-72 on December 5 at Castleton, Vt.

Last meeting vs. Green Mountain
Lost 100-78 on December 4 at Poultney, Vt.

Terriers last time out
Thomas ran its winning streak to five games last weekend with road wins over Johnson State, 95-74, on January 29 and Lyndon State, 80-71, on January 30.

About the Terriers
The Terriers have increased their scoring output over the last five games, averaging 88.6 points per game -- more than 10 points better than their season average of 78.2. Thomas has also made 43.8 percent (53-of-121) of its three-pointers in that span.

Senior guard Levi Barnes (Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan), the reigning NAC Player of the Week, leads the team in scoring at 19.3 points per game. He is shooting 53.1 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from behind the arc and 93.5 percent at the charity stripe. Over the last five games, Barnes has averaged 23.4 points per game.

Barnes ranks sixth on Thomas' all-time scoring list with 1,682 points and needs just 51 points over the Terriers' final six regular-season games to move into second place. Immediately ahead of Barnes are Scott Raymond (1,689 points; 1997-2001) and Steve Busque (1,700 points; 1978-1982).

Junior guard Tyheem Simon is averaging 15.9 points per game off the bench while shooting a NAC-best 62.9 percent from the field. Sophomore center Carlos Gonzalez is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 9.8 points per game.

Senior Mike Akanji adds 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from 3-point range.

About the Spartans
Castleton has dropped its last two games -- 86-68 to Green Mountain on January 30 and 76-49 to Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday. The Spartans, who are averaging 68.0 points per game, is led by senior Rob Coloutti. Coloutti, who is just 18 points from 1,000, is second on the team with 12.6 points per game. Most of his scoring has come from behind the 3-point arc, where he is averaging 34.9 percent shooting.

Sophomore guards Pavin Parrish and Tondi Mushandu also contribute. Parrish is scoring 9.0 points, 3.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game in a team-best 27.3 minutes. Mushandu is averaging 8.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

About the Eagles
Green Mountain has won five games in a row, most recently a 103-93 home win over New England College on Tuesday. The Eagles' high-powered offense is led by senior Cameron Anderson, who averaged 20.9 points per game on 63.8 percent shooting. He adds 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Fellow senior Mychal Parker averaged 19.1 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game.

Junior Thomas Brown averages 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists.




Women (2-17, 1-11 NAC)
Friday vs. Castleton (15-4, 10-2 NAC), 5:30 p.m. ( Live Stats  |  Video )
Saturday vs. Green Mountain (0-17, 0-12 NAC), 1 p.m. ( Live Stats  |  Video )

Last meeting vs. Castleton
Lost 60-30 on December 5 at Castleton, Vt.

Last meeting vs. Green Mountain
Won 71-61 at December 4 at Poultney, Vt.

Terriers last time out
Thomas wrapped up an 0-11 January with losses at Johnson State (68-44) and Lyndon State (53-36) last weekend. Senior forward Katie McAllister averaged 15.0 points, reaching double digits in both games.

About the Terriers
McAllister leads the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game while also ranking third in assists (1.2 apg) and fourth in rebounding (4.6 rpg). Fellow senior Ashleigh Gagne totals 8.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while averaging a team-high 36.5 minutes per game.

Junior guard Tess McClenahan is the team's floor general, averaging 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while boasting team-high averages in assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). She has become more of a scorer over the last three games, averaging 10 shots per game over that stretch. One-third of McClenahan's season scoring output (29 of 89 points) has also come in those three games.

Jordan Agger-Barnes has split time between the bench and the starting lineup this season and chips in with 6.5 points and a team-leading 5.3 rebounds per game. 

In the milestone department, McAllister needs just 27 points to become the latest Terrier to eclipse 1,000 career points. The last was Karin Bird, who did so as a junior toward the end of the 2010-2011 season. Last time out against these two teams, she scored 27 against Green Mountain, but was held to just three against Castleton.

About the Spartans
Castleton has won seven of its last eight games with the only stumble coming against league-leader Husson on January 22. The Spartans are averaging 61.6 points per game. Senior guard Jade Desroches is the team's leading scorer at 11.1 points per game. She also pulls down 4.1 rebounds, dishes out 2.5 assists and has 1.9 steals.

Junior guard Lindsay Sabo and senior Bryanna duPont average 10.4 and 9.5 points per game, respectively. Sabo is Castleton's top 3-point shooter, averaging 2.2 treys per game. DuPont's 6.4 rebounds per game lead the team, as does her 46.5 percent shooting from the field.

About the Eagles
Green Mountain, which has just three non-freshmen on its roster, has been mired in a season-long rut with their top scoring output coming in a 71-61 loss to the Terriers on December 4. The Eagles, who average 47.1 points per game overall and 45.2 points per game in NAC play, are led by freshmen Sherelle Jackson and Mercedes Rideout. Jackson averages 12.1 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game -- all team-highs -- while also pulling in 3.9 rebounds per outing. Rideout averages 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Senior Torie Cowell is the team's top rebounder at 6.0 per game. She also contributes 7.9 points per game. Freshman Maddy Postnikoff adds 6.3 points and 5.6 boards per game.