JOHNSON, VT – The Thomas College women's basketball team could not overcome a tough third quarter in a 61-43 defeat to Johnson State on Saturday in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game.
The Terriers fall to 5-8 (2-4 NAC), dropping both games of the Vermont road trip while the Badgers improve to 4-6 (3-3 NAC).
Both teams struggled to open the game as the Badgers took a 3-2 in the first five minutes of the first quarter. The Badgers added to their lead as the Terriers could not get the offense going. They finished the first quarter shooting 2-for-14 on the floor and found themselves in a 12-7 hole.
Late in the second quarter, the Terriers looked to reel in Johnson State on four free throws from Jordan Agger-Barnes (Wells, Maine / Wells). Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) finished the half with a three-pointer just as time expired to bring the score to 25-22 at the break.
Just past the midpoint of the third, the Badgers extended their lead on an 8-0 run from Kasey DeGreenia. Down 40-28, Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / MDI) added four-straight points to end the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, Amira Jones chipped in with back-to-back layups to bring the Terriers within six. Nicole Menard and DeGreenia responded with a bucket each to bring the Johnson lead to ten. A layup from Sarah Voorhis in the final minute put the game just out of reach, giving the Badgers a 61-43 victory.
Carroll led the Terrier offense with 12 points and five rebounds while Turner chipped in with eight points of her own.
DeGreenia finished 14 points and nine boards in the winning effort for Johnson. Voorhis followed with 12 points and four rebounds.
The Terriers will travel to Husson on Tuesday, January 10, to continue their NAC road trip in a 7:30 p.m. contest.