LYNDONVILLE, ME – The Thomas College women's basketball team allowed a late lead to slip away as they were defeated by Lyndon State College, 61-55, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) contest on Friday.
In the loss, the Terriers fall to 5-7 (2-3 NAC) while the Hornets improve to 4-5 (2-3 NAC).
In the opening five minutes, the Hornets used a three from Gabby Foy to take an early 7-6 edge. In the next Terriers possession, Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) responded with a three-pointer of her own to regain the lead. Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) finished the quarter with five straight points to give the Terriers a 15-10 advantage.
Thomas turned up the defense in the second quarter to give themselves 7-0 run and a 12-point lead. Mikayla Hodge added five points for the Hornets later in the half to bring her team within four. Freshman Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine / Edward Little) hit a timely three to stop the Lyndon run and give the Terriers a 29-24 cushion going into the half.
Deep into the third quarter, Hodge netted four straight points to give her team a three-point lead. A few minutes later Jones finished a three-point play to notch the game up 39-39. Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / MDI) followed up with two free throws and a jumper to extend the lead as the Terriers entered the final frame up 45-39.
The Hornets opened the fourth with a 5-0 run on a three from Hodge and jumper by Alexis Britch. Late in the quarter, Stubbs and Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine / Lake Region) tallied back-to-back buckets to put the Terriers up 55-53 with 3:18 remaining. After many opportunities, Thomas went scoreless the rest of the way, allowing Lyndon to pull off the 61-55 victory.
Jones finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Terriers while Carroll added 10 points and two steals.
Hodge held a game-high 21 points and 16 rebounds in the win while Foy netted 19 points and pulled down three boards for Lyndon.
The Terriers will continue their Vermont road trip on Saturday, January 7, as they face Johnson State in a 3:00 p.m. tipoff.