POULTNEY, VT --- Senior Katie McAllister tied a career high with 27 points as the Thomas College women's basketball team topped Green Mountain, 71-61, on Friday night for its first win of the season.
Green Mountain (0-4, 0-2 NAC) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 3:14 but Thomas (1-4, 1-1 NAC) used a 15-3 run to claw back into the game. Sarah Pepin drained a three-pointer to knot the score at 12-12, then sank a pair of free throws to give the Terriers their first lead of the game. McAllister added a trio of free throws to give Thomas a 17-16 lead after the first period.
The Terriers extended their lead to six points on a pair of occasions early in the second quarter. The Eagles were able to respond, however, cutting the lead to just one at 24-23 on a Shakira Bowers layup with 4:44 to play in the half. At that point, Thomas was able put the clamps on GMC defensively and scored the final eight points of the half to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Thomas maintained its lead in the second half, leading 51-38 after three quarters and by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter. Green Mountain mounted one last charge, scoring eight straight points on two Sherelle Jackson free throws and back-to-back Mercedes Rideout three-pointers to cut the lead seven at 53-46. An Ashleigh Gagne layup and two more McAllister free throws pushed the Terrier lead back into double-digits, where it remained for the rest of the game.
McAllister, who matched her career-high of 27 points set in a 75-24 win over the Eagles last January 23, finished just 8-of-21 from the field but was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line while also pulling down a team-leading nine rebounds. Tess McClenahan and Ashleigh Gagne added 12 points each for the Terriers with McClenahan dishing out a game-high seven assists. Sarah Pepin and Jordan Agger-Barnes chipped in with eight points apiece and Agger-Barnes corralled six rebounds.
Mercedes Rideout drained five three-pointers en route to a team-leading 17 points off the bench. Sherelle Jackson added 10 points for the Eagles -- all at the charity stripe. Jackson also had a team-leading five assists.
Thomas makes the short trip to Castleton, Vermont for a 1 p.m. Saturday tip-off against Castleton University. The Spartans (5-1, 1-1 NAC) fell to UMaine-Farmington, 76-72, on Friday night.