WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Thomas College women's basketball team opened the 2016 portion of its schedule with a 53-42 loss to Gordon College on Saturday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
Both teams struggled offensively out of the gate as Gordon (4-6) held just a 4-3 lead at the midpoint of the first quarter. Back-to-back jumpers by Kelly Macomber (West Gardiner, Maine) gave Thomas (2-7) the lead at 7-4 with three minutes to play, but the Fighting Scots rattled off seven straight points -- including five from the charity stripe -- to take a 11-7 lead at the quarter break.
Senior forward Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine) opened the scoring the second quarter with a jumper at the 8:59 mark, cutting the lead to 11-9. Gordon responded with five straight points on a jumper by Kristen Smith and a three-pointer by Mariel Barner before sophomore Jordan Agger-Barnes (Wells, Maine) stopped the run with a jumper. Gordon's Olivia Stark and Thomas' Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine) traded three-pointers at the midpoint of the quarter to keep lead at five points at 19-14. A made layup by Sophie Linnell gave Gordon a seven-point lead with 2:27 to play in the half, but baskets by Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho) and Agger-Barnes down the stretch cut into the Gordon advantage and the Terriers trailed 21-18 as the teams headed to the locker room.
The Fighting Scots took control of the game in the third quarter. After an Agger-Barnes layup with 6:30 remaining made the score 27-24, Gordon closed out the quarter on a 17-4 run to lead 44-28 after three.
Gordon pushed the lead to 17 points on a pair of occasions in the fourth quarter, but Thomas ended the game on an 8-2 run to set the final margin at 11 points.
McAllister led all players in scoring with 13 points. Agger-Barnes added 10 points and seven rebounds but was hampered by a game-high eight turnovers, while Macomber scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
Gordon was led by Sophie Linnell and Kristen Smith with 10 points apiece while Mariel Barnier added nine points and four assists. Linnell also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Fighting Scots held a 36-28 advantage on the boards and had five three-pointers to Thomas' one. Gordon was also 14-of-16 from the free-throw line while Thomas was just 5-of-9.
The Terriers return to North Atlantic Conference play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when they travel to Farmington for a matchup with rival UMaine-Farmington. The Fighting Scots will host University of New England at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the back half of a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader.