WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College women's basketball team fell, 54-50, to North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opponent Colby-Sawyer on senior day Saturday at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
In the loss, The Terriers drop their second in a row, falling to 7-16 (4-12 NAC), while the Chargers improve to 17-7 (12-5 NAC) and sit comfortably in the fourth position.
Midway through the first quarter, Colby-Sawyer's offense took over as they opened up a 13-2 advantage. Lexi Iannone, Lexie Hamilton, and Ally Mignault each added four points in the first for a 15-8 lead on 7-of-16 (43.8%) shooting. Thomas struggled from the floor in the opening frame at 3-for-13 (23.1%) and turned the ball over 12 times.
Shooting woes and turnovers continued for the Terriers in the second as the Chargers entered halftime with a 29-20 lead. Four points from Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine / Edward Little) and Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) kept the Terriers within distance. Iannone paced Colby-Sawyer with eight points in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting.
With 4:33 remaining in the third, the Terriers found themselves within four as Stubbs knocked down her second three-pointer of the quarter to trail 34-30. Sammie Griffin (Union, Maine / Medomak Valley) hit a three of her own just under two minutes later to bring the Terriers within one. The Chargers added two buckets at the end of the quarter for a 42-35 lead.
Late in the fourth, Iannone extended the Colby-Sawyer lead to ten with 3:03 remaining. Thomas answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead down to three in the final minute. Hamilton hit four key free throws in the last ten seconds to finish the scoring at 54-50.
Stubbs led the Terriers with 16 points, shooting 5-for-6 from behind the arch. Jones added 12 points and six rebounds.
Iannone finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Hamilton and Tianna Sugars each added eight points.
The Terriers will host Husson on Wednesday, February 15 for a 7:30 p.m. conference game at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.