|Thomas College||New England College|
HENNIKER, N.H. – The Thomas College women’s basketball team defeated New England College, 68-63, in their third straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory on Friday night on the road.
The Terriers move to an even .500 at 6-6 (3-2 NAC) as they’ve won five out of their last six games while the Pilgrims drop to 5-3 (2-2 NAC). The victory marks the first that Thomas has defeated NEC since the 2010-11 season.
Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass.) had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Terriers. Sammie Griffin (Union, Maine) added 13 points and hit all three of her three-point attempts.
The Pilgrims were led by Daleia Boutwell with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Rene Hudson scored a team-high 14 points
Thomas took control in the early minutes of the game and held a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Pilgrims never quite let the Terriers get comfortable with their lead and outscored their guests by five points in the second quarter to cut Thomas’s halftime lead 36-31.
NEC tied the score at 38-38 midway through the third quarter on a layup by Boutwell, but Thomas’s Griffin hit a three-pointer on the ensuing trip down the floor to put the Terriers back on top. The Pilgrims outscored Thomas 13-11 in the frame, but Thomas held a three-point lead, 47-44, at the end of the quarter.
The Pilgrims opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to tie it by Lanesha Hawkins, followed by a three-pointer by Hannah Nelson to take their first lead of the day. NEC would lead by as many as five over the next seven minutes, until Thomas evened it back up at 58-58 on a layup by Abby Nielsen (North Yarmouth, Maine).
After one more tie at 60-60 with one minute to go, the Terriers took the upper-hand, using a layup by Griffin, a free-throw by Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine) and a layup by Jones to take a five-point lead with 16 seconds left. Thomas would hold on for the five-point for their first win against NEC in seven years.
The Pilgrims struggled from the floor, shooting just 27.6 percent (21-76) over the course of the game. Thomas hot 69.2 percent in the first quarter (9-13) but could not maintain, finishing with a 37.1 percent effort (23-62). The Terriers hit just two field goals in the third quarter.