WENHAM, MA – The Thomas College women's basketball team overcame a 20-point fourth quarter deficit to fall short, 68-66, in their final non-conference game at Gordon on Saturday.
The Terriers dropped their fourth straight game and move to 4-6 (1-2 NAC) on the season while the Scots improve to 4-6 (2-1 CCC).
The Scots began the first quarter with red-hot shooting as the jumped out to a 14-6 advantage halfway through. Gordon shot 5-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-3 from behind the arch, including two threes from Brooke Dyson. The Terriers kept pace with the Scots as Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / MDI) and Sammie Griffin (Union, Maine / Medomak Valley) each chipped in with four points. Thomas stayed within reach as they shot 6-for-9 from the charity stripe and a tough 4-for-14 from the floor. Gordon held a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter as Meghan Foley and Dyson led all scorers with eight points.
Thomas remained in striking distance halfway through the second quarter as Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) and Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine / Edward Little) each knocked down threes to bring the game within five. With 2:45 remaining, Stubbs added another three to bring the score to 29-27. Each team added a basket in the final minutes as the Scots entered the break with a 31-29 lead.
In the third quarter, the Scots looked to extend their lead with two quick buckets. Carroll responded with a three-point play to keep the score within two at the 7:30 mark. The Terriers went on a cold streak and did not score over the next five minutes, allowing Gordon a 13-0 run. Jess Ryan hit two big three-pointers to increase the lead. Thomas was outscored 25-7 in the third and trailed 56-36 going into the final frame.
The Terriers came out in the first three minutes of the fourth on an 8-2 run to cut away at the deficit. Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) netted a layup to bring the score within 11 points with 3:10 left in the game. Thomas continued a 7-0 run late as Carroll finished another three-point play to bring the score to 62-61 in the final minute.
With 30 seconds left, the Dyson added a big layup for the Scots to open the lead to three. With the ball, Jones got the ball down low and finished a layup as she was fouled. Making the ensuing free throw, the game was knotted up at 66-66 with 15 seconds remaining. Foley drove hard to the basket in the final seconds and finished to give the Scots a 68-66 victory.
Jones led the Terriers with a double-double on 17 points and 13 rebounds. Nielsen, Carroll, and Stubbs each added 10 points.
Foley finished with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists while Dyson contributed with 17 points and five boards.
The Terriers will return to conference action on Tuesday, January 3, as they host the University of Maine at Farmington in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.