Colby-Sawyer Uses Fourth Quarter Surge to Top Thomas Women

Colby-Sawyer Uses Fourth Quarter Surge to Top Thomas Women

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby-Sawyer College topped Thomas College, 60-42, in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball play Friday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

Tied at 39-39 through three quarters, the Chargers (10-5, 7-2 NAC) outscored the Terriers (2-14, 1-8 NAC), 21-3, in the final quarter.

Thomas led 15-14 after one quarter, but Colby-Sawyer opened the second stanza on a 7-0 run capped by a Jessica Shenkel three-pointer to lead 21-15 with 5:55 to play in the half.

Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine / Gardiner Area) responded with a jumper and Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine / Wells) added a free throw to cut the lead to three. A Kristin Ellis layup at the 4:30 mark provided the last points in the half for the Chargers, but the Terriers could not take full advantage.

Instead, Thomas scored the final three points of the half to cut CSC's lead to 23-21 at the break.

Just as they had in the second quarter, the Chargers opened the third quarter on a run capped by a Shenkel trey, taking a 29-21 lead before the Terriers could respond with a run of their own.

Thomas scored nine straight points over a three-minute stretch to storm back and take a 30-29 lead on a jumper by Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine / Waterville). The teams traded baskets with Gagne hitting another jumper with 1:15 to play in the third to tie the game at 39-39.

Early on in the fourth quarter, it appeared as if the back-and-forth nature of the first three quarters would persist. A McAllister free throw cut the Colby-Sawyer lead to 45-42 with 8:05 to play after which Thomas went ice cold from the field, missing their final seven shots as CSC wrested away control of the game.

The Chargers ended the game on a 15-0 run.

Gagne finished with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field and had eight rebounds but committed 10 turnovers. McAllister added 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Agger-Barnes had seven points and Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho) had five points, four assists and three rebounds.

The Chargers, who shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field in the fourth quarter, were led by 18 points from Shenkel on 6-of-12 shooting. She also drained five three-pointers, had five rebounds and blocked four shots. Morgan Fogg added 10, while Lexi Iannone had nine. Ellis had eight points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds.

Thomas wraps up the weekend homestand at 1 p.m. Saturday when New England College (10-6, 4-5 NAC) makes their annual visit to Mahaney. Colby-Sawyer head up the road to face UMaine-Farmington (8-6, 6-2 NAC). NEC topped UMF, 54-45, on Friday evening in Farmington.