WATERVILLE, ME --- The Thomas College women's basketball team continues its three-game road swing to open the North Atlantic Conference season with a trip to Vermont on Friday and Saturday to face Green Mountain College and Castleton University. The Terriers (0-4, 0-1 NAC) open the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. Friday tip-off with Green Mountain (0-3, 0-1 NAC) in Poultney then make the short trip to Castleton to face the Spartans (5-0, 1-0 NAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Terriers jumped out to a 14-10 lead after the first quarter behind four points from Katie McAllister and a fast-break layup from Lexi Merrifield as the period concluded. For Merrifield, it marked a return to the lineup after an absence of nearly two seasons due to injury.
The Mariners pressured Thomas defensively throughout the entire game, forcing the Terriers into 24 turnovers. Maine Maritime also held a 39-26 rebounding advantage, including a 17-6 edge on the offensive boards.
McAllister, who had 11 in the first half, finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting. She also pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Kelly Macomber added eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a three-pointer. She also had all three of Thomas' blocks in the contest.
Friday, December 4
Thomas (0-4, 0-1 NAC) at Green Mountain (0-3, 0-1 NAC), 5:30 p.m.
Waldron Athletic Center, Poultney, Vt.
Last Meeting: February 14, 2015 -- Thomas 48, @ Green Mountain 44
Katie McAllister and Ashleigh Gagne each scored 16 points for the Terriers in a road victory.
The first half was a low scoring affair, with neither team breaking into double digits in the point column until nine minutes remaining in the half. The two teams battled back and forth, with Green Mountain eventually taking a 22-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gagne led Thomas with nine first-half points, while McAllister chipped in with seven points of her own.
The Terriers stormed back in the second half, taking the lead back just three minutes in. The two teams would alternate scores for the next six minutes before an Ashleigh Gagne put the Terriers on top for good with just over nine minutes to play. McAllister scored nine second half points, while Gagne added seven to bring their game totals to 16 points each. Jordan Agger-Barnes scored eight points, all in the second half, while grabbing nine boards for Thomas.
Taylor Reynolds finished with six points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the victory, and Sarah Pepin collected six rebounds off the bench for the Terriers.
About the Eagles
With three seniors and 12 freshmen, Green Mountain is averaging 39.7 points per game. Hayley Loisel is averaging a team-best 8.0 points per game while shooting 52.2 percent (12-of-23) and ranks third on the team with 6.0 boards per game. Freshman Sherelle Jackson is averaging 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Fellow freshman Maddy Postnikoff averages a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game.
Last Time Out
Green Mountain struggled from the floor hitting on just 13.8 percent of its shots en route to a 76-21 loss at Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday evening in New London, N.H.
Colby-Sawyer outrebounded Green Mountain, 65-48, and forced 28 Eagles turnovers. The Chargers' bench also hit for 39 points.
Lexi Iannone hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 18 points in addition to four boards, two assists, two steals and a block for Colby-Sawyer.
The Eagles were led by Sherelle Jackson who had five points. Hayley Loisel and Maddy Postnikoff each had four with Postnikoff also hauling in seven rebounds.
Saturday, December 5
Thomas at Castleton (5-0, 1-0 NAC), 1 p.m.
Glenbrook Gymnasium, Castleton, Vt.
Last Meeting: February 13, 2015 -- @ Castleton 62, Thomas 21
Ashleigh Gagne scored a team-high seven points -- all in the first half -- on 3-of-9 shooting to lead Thomas as Castleton jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 33-19 lead at halftime.
Castleton continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring Thomas by a 29-2 margin. Katie McAllister pulled in four rebounds in the second half and scored the team's only two second-half points on a pair of free throws to finish with five. Jordan Agger-Barnes finished with seven rebounds overall, while Taylor Reynolds added six rebounds and a pair of assists.
About the Spartans
Through five games, Castleton has outscored its opponents by an average of 18.8 points per contest. The Spartans are led by guards Jade Desroches and Lindsay Sabo. Desroches, a senior, leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game while also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Sabo, a junior, averages 12.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Senior forward Bryanna duPont and sophomore forward Taylor Raiche are both averaging a team-high 6.0 rebounds per outing.
Last Time Out
Clutch free-throw shooting by Castleton down the stretch was a key factor in handing the Spartans' 68-57 NAC win over New England College on Wednesday evening in Henniker, N.H.
Jade Desroches scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 of them coming in the final quarter to seal the victory for the Spartans. Bryanna duPont chipped in with 16 points and six rebounds, while Lindsay Sabo talled 14 points in the win. Makayla Farrara added four points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Desroches finished the game 11-of-12 from the free throw line, while duPont was 5-of-10 from the field to go along with a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Sabo made four three-pointers in the contest for Castleton, while the Spartan bench chipped in for 10 points in the win.
Castleton finished the game shooting 40.4 percent from the floor while going 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) from the free throw line. New England College held a strong advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Castleton 38-28 in the game.
Prior to meeting the Terriers on Saturday, the Spartans kick off their weekend by hosting UMaine-Farmington at 5:30 p.m. Friday night.