FARMINGTON, ME – The Thomas College women's basketball team dropped their fourth-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) contest in a 63-55 defeat to the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday.
In the loss, the Terriers split the two meetings on the season as they move to 5-10 (2-6 NAC) while the Beavers move into eighth place at 3-9 (3-5 NAC).
Midway through first quarter, the Terriers found themselves in a 10-2 hole as Cheyenne Malloy knocked down a three-pointer for the Beavers. Thomas struggled from the floor in the first, shooting 2-for-13 while the Beavers had the hot hand hitting 8-of-13.
Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho / Salmon) scored six of the Terriers' ten points in the second, as the shots would still not fall for Thomas. Jenessa Talarico tallied four points for the Beavers as they led at the break, 30-17.
In the third, Malloy hit two three-pointers and a pair of free throws to pace her team to a 47-27 advantage going into the final frame. Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) hit two buckets in the quarter for Thomas.
The Terriers opened with fourth with an 8-0 run led by Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine / Yarmouth) as they looked to claw their way back in. After free throws from Jones with 1:28 remaining, Thomas pulled within six points. In the final seconds, Talarico and Sara Lamb converted on their free throws as the Terriers failed to pull off the comeback at 63-55.
Jones finished with a double-double and a game high 19 points and 11 rebounds while McClenahan added ten points, four rebounds, and five steals.
Lamb led the Beavers in the win with 16 points as Malloy contributed with 15 points and four assists.
In their next matchup, Thomas will head to New Hampshire on Friday, January 20, for a 7:30 p.m. conference game at Colby-Sawyer.