SALEM, MA - The Thomas women's basketball team couldn't overcome a tough day shooting from the field as they were defeated 53-36 by Lasell College in the consolation game of the Salem State Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Twohig Gymnasium.
The Terriers (0-3) got off to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Lasers (2-2) broke out for a 12-0 run led by Sherilyn Small who scored six points during that stretch to give Lasell a 12-4 lead at the 12:30 mark in the first half. Ryan tallied 11 points in the half on 5-8 shooting including a fast break layup that gave the Lasers their largest lead of the half at 14 points.
Jordan Agger-Barnes tallied five points for the Terriers throughout the half and grabbed seven rebounds as Thomas scored five second-chance points compared to the three scored by the Lasers. Small finished the first half with eight points that helped Lasell to a 24-12 half time lead. The Terriers had a 26-22 advantage on the boards.
After a scoreless first half, Katie Stopera finally got on the board with a three-pointer, assisted by Ryan. Breeana Williams also scored her first two buckets in back-to-back possessions for Lasell as they kept the Terriers scoreless for just under five minutes giving the Lasers a 39-19 advantage at 11:29 that Thomas could not trim down enough to threaten the lead.
The Terriers got solid performances from freshman Olivia Brown, who totaled 10 points for the Terriers and Agger-Barnes who notched a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Thomas held a 47-38 rebounding edge, but only made 25% of their shots and turned it over 24 times.
The Thomas women's basketball team will have a quick turnaround as they take on the intown-rival Colby College on Tuesday night at 5:30 pm.