SALEM, MA --- The Thomas College women's basketball team fell to 0-2 overall with a 64-24 loss to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at the Salem State Tip-Off Classic.
The Terriers got off to a quick start, leading 12-11 after the first quarter behind three points each from Katie McAllister and Ashleigh Gagne. Kelly Macomber and Jordan Agger-Barnes added buckets and Tess McClenahan added a pair of free throws.
Southern Maine grabbed the lead on an Alison Furness jumper with 8:40 to play in the first half. After a couple of missed opportunities on both ends, Gagne connected to push Thomas back into the lead at 14-13. At that point, a stiff USM defense took over, forcing the Terriers into turnovers on eight of their next nine trips down the court. The Huskies scored 17 straight points to take a 30-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The defensive pressure continued into the second half as Southern Maine opened the third quarter on an 18-0 run before Thomas finally broke through with four straight points by McAllister. Agger-Barnes added a pair of free throws in the final minute of the quarter to cut USM's lead to 52-20 heading into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Terriers got baskets from Agger-Barnes and Macomber but were unable to cut into the Huskies' advantage.
McAllister finished with a team-high seven points, while Agger-Barnes added six points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench. Gagne had five points and Macomber pulled in a game-high 10 boards.
Ella Ramonas led the Huskies with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Megan Pelletier added 11 points and seven rebounds.
USM forced Thomas into 27 turnovers, finishing the game with 12 steals. The Huskies also had a 46-37 advantage on the boards.
Thomas is idle until an Elm City clash at Colby in Tuesday, November 24. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.