FARMINGTON, Maine --- The Thomas College women's basketball team jumped back into North Atlantic Conference play Tuesday night, falling 72-46 at rival UMaine-Farmington.
The Beavers (4-5, 3-1 NAC) jumped out to a quick lead, tallying the game's first seven points before a layup by Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine) got the Terriers (2-8, 1-3 NAC) on the board. Agger-Barnes converted on a traditional three-point play midway through the opening quarter to cut the UMF lead to 9-8, but a Jenessa Talarico trey pushed the lead back to four points at 12-8.
The Beavers closed out the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 20-10 lead after one.
UMF outscored Thomas, 17-11, in the second quarter behind eight points on 3-of-3 shooting from Talarico. Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine) accounted for all 11 Terrier points in the frame as the Beavers took a 37-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The hosts extended their lead to 23 points after three quarters (53-30) -- and led by as much as 30 in the fourth quarter -- but a pair of McAllister layups late in the going coupled with a Taylor Johnson (Skowhegan, Maine) three-pointer and two Agger-Barnes free throws cut the final margin to 26.
While the teams connected at nearly an identical rate from the field (37.1 percent for UMF compared to 35.2 percent for Thomas), the Beavers were able to pick up 23 points off 18 Terrier turnovers. UMF also capitalized on 18 Thomas fouls, going 20-of-25 from the charity stripe compared to just 6-of-11 for the Terriers.
McAllister, who registered 13 points in the first half, finished with a game-high 18 on 8-of-13 shooting. She also matched Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine) with a team-high six rebounds. Agger-Barnes chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
UMF was led by three players in double figures as Talarico and Meghan Smith each posted 13 and Kennadi Grove added 11 off the bench. Smith also had game-highs with eight rebounds and four assists.
The Terriers begin a four-game homestand at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening when they host Lyndon State in a North Atlantic Conference contest.