Thomas Women's Basketball Picked Ninth in NAC Preseason Poll

Thomas Women's Basketball Picked Ninth in NAC Preseason Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. -- The Thomas College women's basketball team is slated to finish ninth in the 2015 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason poll, which was released on Wednesday.  

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head women's basketball coaches.

The Terriers claimed 17 points in the poll. Castleton claimed the top spot with 98 points and eight first place votes.

2015-16 NAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

 

Team

Points
(1st Place Votes)

1.

Castleton

98 (8)

2.

Colby-Sawyer

86

3.

Husson

85 (2)

4.

New England College

62

5.

Maine Maritime

58

6.

UMaine-Farmington

53

7.

Johnson State

44

8.

Lyndon

31

9

Thomas

17

10.

Green Mountain

16

Thomas (3-22, 2-16 NAC) will be in their second year under the guidance of head coach Emily Cummins. The Terriers return an experienced core from last season, including each of the teams' top three scorers. Senior forwards Katie McAllister (Pittston, ME / Gardiner Area) and Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, ME / Waterville) both started all 25 games last season and averaged 11.1 and 9.1 points per game, respectively.

McAllister also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season. For her career, she has averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Gagne, who also contributed 4.8 rebounds per game last season, has started each game of her collegiate career entering her final season as a Terrier. She has averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for her career.

Sophomore forward Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, ME / Wells) added 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest while starting 19 of 23 games played. 

Junior guard Tess McClanahan (Salmon, ID / Salmon) started all 25 games last season, averaging 4.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game, while fellow junior Sarah Pepin (Buxton, ME / Bonny Eagle) played in 25 games last year with four starts, averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Brenna Hutchinson (Brooklin, ME / George Stevens Academy) and junior forward Kelly Macomber (West Gardiner, ME / Gardiner) return to the team after missing last season. Hutchinson has played in 18 career games.

In 2013-14, Macomber played in 26 games with a pair of starts, averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.

The Terriers' depth could also be buoyed by the return of junior forward Lexi Merrifield (Gorham, ME / Gorham). Merrifield started the first nine games of the 2013-14 season, averaging a team-high 11.0 points before suffering a season-ending injury. An injury also kept her away from the court last season.

The team welcomes a pair of newcomers to the program in sophomore Taylor Johnson (Skowhegan, ME / Skowhegan Area) and freshman Annie Young (Lincolnville, ME / Camden Hills).

The Terriers have non-conference games scheduled at in-state rivals UMaine-Presque Isle and Saint Joseph's College as well as a trip across town to play Colby and will host Wheelock and Gordon. Thomas starts conference play on Tuesday, December 1 at Maine Maritime.

Thomas opens the season at the Salem State Tip-Off Classic this weekend. 

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