PRESQUE ISLE, Maine --- The Thomas College women's basketball team closed out the 2015 portion of its schedule with a 55-45 win at the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Sunday afternoon.
The Owls (0-9) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead but the Terriers (2-6) clawed back behind a pair of Tess McClanahan free throws and a three-pointer by Taylor Johnson. After UMPI's Sydney Churchill gave the Owls the lead back with a jumper, Johnson added another three-pointer to put Thomas up 10-9.
A Janae Libby free throw knotted the score again at 10-10, but the Terriers closed the quarter with five straight points -- including a trey by Annie Young -- to lead 15-10 at the quarter break.
The run continued in the second quarter as Thomas outscored UMPI, 12-4, to open the period. Tess McClenahan and Katie McAllister had four points each during the stretch while Johnson drained a third three-pointer. UMPI held Thomas scoreless over the final 2:37 of the first half, but could only cut the lead from 13 points to nine as 27-18 as the teams went into the locker room at halftime.
The Terriers held the Owls to just 2-of-10 shooting in the third quarter while winning the scoring battle, 15-9, to lead 42-27 after three quarters. Thomas also held a 14-6 advantage on the boards, but committed five turnovers to UMPI's one.
The Owls opened the fourth quarter on an 11-3 run with the only Terrier points coming on a Gagne three-pointer. Thomas responded with 10-3 run of its own behind a pair of Gagne jumpers and two old-fashioned three-point plays by McAllister to push the lead back to 14 points at 55-41 with 2:13 to play. UMPI closed the scoring with a pair of buckets by Brianna Losee in the final minutes.
Gagne led all players with 15 points while McAllister added 12 off the bench. McClenahan nearly had a double-double with eight points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Johnson added nine points off three first-half three-pointers.
Losee led three Owls in double-figures with 13, while Amanda Hotham posted 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sydney Churchill added 10 points.
The Terriers won the battle on the boards, 44-32, while shooting 41.7 percent (22-of-59) from the field. UMPI's press forced Thomas into 14 turnovers, resulting in 10 Owl steals.
Thomas returns to the court on Saturday, January 2. The Terriers will host Gordon at 2 p.m. in their final home non-conference contest.