WATERVILLE, MAINE – The Thomas College women's basketball team fell 48-43 to Johnson State in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Friday night.
The Badgers improve to 8-9 overall and 5-6 in the NAC, while Thomas falls to 5-13 on the season and 2-9 in the conference.
The teams stayed close through the early portions of the first, with Johnson tying the game at nine with 3:23 left in the frame. Johnson scored five straight to take a 14-9 lead to the start of the second. Ashley Goddard paced the Badgers with five points, while Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) led Thomas with four.
Thomas kept things even through the second, with neither team able to take a multi-possession lead through the quarter. Johnson would end the half with a 27-25 edge. Domonique Carter-Stanley led Johnson with six points in the quarter.
The Badgers gradually increased their lead in the third, outscoring Thomas 12-4 in the quarter to take a 39-29 lead into the final quarter.
The Terriers pulled back in the fourth, bringing the score to 45-41 with 2:45 remaining in the game. The Badgers held them off, however, taking the 48-43 victory. Carter-Stanley led Johnson with five points in the quarter, while Jones and Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine / Edward Little) each picked up six for Thomas.
Jones picked up 12 points and six rebounds for Thomas, while Stubbs added nine more. Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine / Lake Region) pulled in a team high seven rebounds for Thomas.
Carter-Stanley paced the Badgers with 15 points and six steals. Sarah Voorhis picked up ten more and pulled in nine rebounds.
Thomas outshot Johnson 32.0% to 27.9% from the field, while also holding a 23.5% to 14.3% advantage from three-point range. Johnson held the 43-40 edge in rebounds by a 43-40 margin. Johnson committed 17 turnovers while forcing 24.
In their next matchup, the Terriers will host Lyndon on Saturday, January 28 for a 3:00 p.m. conference contest at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.