NORTON, Mass. – The Thomas College women's basketball team fell just short to Wheaton College (Mass.), 72-68, in their season opener on the road Wednesday night.
In the defeat, the Terriers begin at 0-1 on the season while the Lyons improve to 1-0.
After jumping out to a small lead in the opening minutes, the Terriers offense fell silent, allowing Wheaton to take a 12-5 lead. The Lyons continued to extend their advantage as they found themselves with a 20-11 lead at the end of the first behind seven points from Abby Hamilton. A late bucket from Addie Brinkman (Farmington, Maine) and a pair of free throws from Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass.) kept the Terriers within striking distance.
The Terriers began to rally in the second quarter, capitalizing on many missed shots from the Lyons. Sammie Griffin (Union, Maine) and Malorie Weaver (Palermo, Maine) finished the frame a combined 6-6 from the floor including a trio of three-pointers from Griffin and Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine) as Thomas trailed 32-28 at the half.
The Lyons rebounded in the third quarter as both teams went 6-10 from the floor. Wheaton held a slight advantage as they went 4-4 from behind the arch led by Natalie Wind. Griffin added another eight points in the frame going a perfect 2-2 on the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line. Weaver chipped in with six points of her own as the Terriers entered the final frame down 52-46.
Thomas looked to rally in the final quarter as big three-pointers from Griffin, Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine), and Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine) gave the their team a 60-59 lead with 3:09 remaining. The Terriers held a slim three-point advantage until Wind knocked down a big three to tie the game back up at 63-63. In the final seconds, the Lyons knocked down late free throws to end the game at 72-68.
Griffin led the Terriers with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor while Weaver added 17 points and three rebounds. Jones followed with eight points and pulled in five boards.
Wind finished 6-10 from behind the arch for Wheaton for 18 points. Ruthie Zientek neared a double-double with her 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Terriers will open their home schedule on Saturday, November 18 as they take on Lesley at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Thomas Tip-Off Classic.