CASTLETON, VT --- Thomas College was limited to just 14 second-half points, including three in the final quarter, in a 60-30 loss at Castleton University on Saturday afternoon in Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The Terriers (1-5, 1-2 NAC) were held to 21.4 percent shooting and were out-rebounded, 48-31, in the contest. The Spartans (6-1, 2-1 NAC) were especially efficient on the offensive boards where they held a 20-7 advantage.
Castleton jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on a jumper by Bryanna duPont at 8:30 and led 10-2 midway through the period. Thomas did make a 5-3 run to close within five with 1:04 left, but Lindsay Sabo swished two free throws with 14 seconds remaining for the 15-8 advantage after one.
Andrea Trudeau connected on a pair of free throws to open the second quarter and four minutes later a jumper from Amanda Beatty stretched the Castleton lead to 22-9. The teams traded baskets over the final five minutes of the period, including a layup by Katie McAllister with nine seconds left to trim the Spartan halftime lead to 28-16.
Castleton continued to hound the Terriers in the second half and outscored them 16-9 in the third quarter, getting five points from Sabo before Jade Desroches and duPont ended the period with baskets for a 44-25 advantage. The Spartans subbed liberally in the fourth quarter while outscoring Thomas by a 16-5 margin to finish with a 30-point victory.
The Terriers were led by Ashleigh Gagne, who totaled ten points, six rebounds and one block, while McAllister was limited to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting with eight turnovers. Tess McClenahan added four points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Senior Ali Jones was in double figures with 11 points, four assists and two rebounds while limiting McAllister – who entered the game as Thomas' leading scorer – to 13 points below her season average. DuPont chipped in eight points, ten rebounds and one steal while Sabo added seven points, five rebounds and four steals.
Thomas returns to the court on Wednesday, December 9 with a 5:30 p.m. matchup with Wheelock College to close out the 2015 portion of the home schedule.