WATERVILLE, Maine --- Thomas College senior Katie McAllister scored a game-high 17 points in her final collegiate game but Maine Maritime Academy put three players in double figures en route to a 77-40 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory Saturday afternoon at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Mariners (17-8, 13-5 NAC) jumped out to an 18-6 lead, but the Terriers (3-22, 2-16 NAC) rattled off five straight points to cut the deficit to seven points. After a Bekah Campbell jumper pushed the lead back to nine, Thomas senior Brenna Hutchinson (Brooklin, Maine / George Stevens Academy) drained the first of her two 3-pointers in the contest to make it a six-point game. Campbell responded with another layup to give the visitors a 22-14 lead after one quarter.
Maine Maritime continued to add to its lead in the second quarter, using a 16-0 run to build the lead to 40-17. Senior Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine / Gardiner Area) drained two 3-pointers in the period but, outside of that, Thomas could only manage a free throw from sophomore Taylor Johnson (Skowhegan, Maine / Skowhegan). The Terriers were just 2-for-14 in the quarter and were outrebounded 14-2 as the Mariners led 45-21 at halftime.
The cold shooting continued for Thomas in the third quarter as the Terriers were held to just 1-for-13 shooting as a McAllister hit a jumper at the 7:14 mark of the quarter. Junior Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho / Salmon) and sophomore Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine / Wells) each hit two free throws to round out the scoring for Thomas. Mackenzie Vosburgh had six points off the bench for the Mariners, who won the quarter, 21-6, to lead 66-27 after three periods.
In the final quarter, Thomas was able to get some shots to fall. After a Mikayla Charters 3-point play with 8:51 to play gave Maine Maritime its largest lead of the game at 69-28, the Terriers went on a 10-4 run as McAllister drained a pair of shots and a free throw and Hutchinson added her second 3-pointer and two from the charity stripe to cut the lead to 73-38 with 4:03 to play.
An Alayne Felix layup was matched by a pair of free throws by freshman Annie Young (Lincolnville, Maine / Camden Hills) and Tess Clark hit a jumper inside the final minute to set the final score at 77-40.
Maine Maritime shot 47.0 percent (31-of-66) from the field and hit eight of nine free throws while Thomas was limited to just 20.4 percent (11-of-54) shooting from the field. The Terriers did make 13 of 19 attempts at the charity stripe. The Mariners also held a dominating 53-30 advantage on the boards.
Felix led Maine Maritime with 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Campbell chipped in with 14 points and nine boards and Megan McLean had 15 points.
McAllister led all players with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including three 3-pointers. She finished her career with 1,050 points, 479 rebounds and 116 assists. Hutchinson played a career-high 23 minutes in her first career start, tallying a career-best eight points behind a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws. The third senior on the Thomas roster - Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) - was held to just two points and three rebounds in 39 minutes. McClenahan tallied six points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Terriers, while Agger-Barnes had four points and a team-high seven rebounds.
With the victory, Maine Maritime secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NAC Championship Tournament and will host No. 6-seed Colby-Sawyer in a quarterfinal on Tuesday. The start time for that contest has not been determined.