WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Thomas College women's basketball team opens a stretch of four straight North Atlantic Conference home games this weekend by welcoming Lyndon State and Johnson State to Larry Mahaney Gymnasium. The Terriers (2-8, 1-3 NAC) open the weekend on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff against Lyndon State (2-7, 1-3 NAC) before hosting Johnson State (5-6, 2-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This weekend's games
The Beavers jumped out to a quick lead, tallying the game's first seven points before a layup by Jordan Agger-Barnes got the Terriers 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 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 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 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.
About the Terriers
McAllister leads the Terriers in scoring at 13.9 points per game and free-throw shooting at 74.5 percent (38-of-51). In NAC play, she is averaging a league-best 17.8 points per game while pulling down 6.3 rebounds.
Ashleigh Gagne adds 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while Jordan Agger-Barnes ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and third in scoring (6.7 ppg).
Tess McClenahan averages just 3.9 points per game, but leads the team in assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.5 spg) and ranks third in rebounding (5.0 rpg). At 5.2 rebounds per game, Kelly Macomber is the Terriers' top rebounder.
Lyndon State (2-7, 1-3 NAC) at Thomas (2-8, 1-3 NAC), 5:30 p.m.
Larry Mahaney Gymnasium, Waterville, Maine
February 7, 2015 -- Lyndon State 67, @ Thomas 50
About the Hornets:
Lyndon State has dropped six of its last seven contests, including its last two, with the squad's only win during the stretch coming December 10 at winless Green Mountain (74-54). The Hornets are averaging 54.1 points per game while giving up 63.2 on average.
Senior Aimee Thompson is the Hornets' leading scorer at 11.0 points per game. She also contributes 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game Sophomore Mikayla Hodge adds 9.6 points per game and leads the team with 11.3 rebounds per game.
In league play, Thompson averages 10.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing, while Hodge chips in with 8.3 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Last Time Out:
Lyndon State hit the court after a long break, falling to New England College, 69-56, on Tuesday at Henniker, N.H.
Both teams came out rusty after lengthy breaks but NEC used a 13-0 run late in the first quarter to take an 18-8 lead after one period. The Pilgrims' full-court press continued to rattle the Hornets in the second quarter as NEC pushed the lead to 37-17 at the break.
Down 20 to start the second half, Lyndon cut NEC's advantage to nine with 4:16 left in the third quarter, notching 18 points to NEC's nine in the frame to trail 46-35 after three. Rolling into the fourth and final quarter, NEC outscored Lyndon, 23-21, to take the contest, 69-56.
Lyndon's Aimee Thompson finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Abby Salvadore pitched in 11 points and four rebounds. Mikayla Hodge pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets on the boards. She also added seven points.
NEC's Breana Ramirez finished the game with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Utshana Durham finished with a game-high 15 points and Tiffany Davis led all rebounders with 11.
Johnson State (5-6, 2-2 NAC) at Thomas, 1 p.m.
Larry Mahaney Gymnasium, Waterville, Maine
February 6, 2015 -- Johnson State 68, @ Thomas 53
About the Badgers:
Johnson State features a junior-heavy lineup led by leading scorer Domonique Carter-Stanley, who averages a team-best 13.2 points per game on 40.7 percent (57-of-140) shooting from the field. Kasey DeGreenia is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game while pulling down a team-best 7.8 caroms per game.
In NAC play, Carter-Stanley averages 14.0 points, 3.3 steals and 1.0 block per game. Nicole Menard adds 7.8 points and 1.5 assists per game, while DeGreenia pulls in 10.8 boards per outing.
Not afraid to shoot the three, the Badgers have attempted 20 or more three-pointers in seven of 11 contests this season. While JSC is currently hitting at a 22.5-percent clip (46-of-204), that percentage fell significantly after the Badgers went 0-for-20 from behind the arc against Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday.
Last Time Out:
Three Colby-Sawyer players finished in double-figures en route to a 56-40 North Atlantic Conference win over Johnson State on Tuesday in New London, N.H.
Colby-Sawyer's Amanda Calvo led all scorers with 15 points off the bench, while Lexi Iannone and Jessica Shenkel scored 11 points apiece. Kristin Ellis grabbed a game-high 13 boards for the Chargers.
Johnson State was led by a double-double from Kasey DeGreenia. She had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Goddard scored eight points and also pulled down 11 caroms. Domonique Carter-Stanley registered nine points and a game-best five steals.
Colby-Sawyer raced out to a 7-0 run to begin the game and led 11-6 after the first quarter. The Chargers pushed their lead to 15 with four minutes left in the second quarter after an Ally Mignault jumper and led by eight, 28-20, at halftime. Colby-Sawyer held an 11-2 edge in fast break points.
The home team increased its advantage in the third outscoring the Badgers 17-10. The lead ballooned to 22 midway through the fourth following a Calvo jumper. The Badgers scored the final six points of the game, but the Chargers won the quarter 11-10 and the game 56-40.