Waterville, ME – The Thomas College Women's Basketball Team defeated UMaine-Presque Isle 79-63 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Wednesday evening at Larry Mahaney Gym on the campus of Thomas College.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead, going up 14-4 just five minutes into the 1st quarter behind a 3 pointer from Edward Little High School grad Karli Stubbs and an offensive rebound and put back by Addie Brinkman. A Marissa Valdivia-Reagle (So. Seattle, WA) layup and a Hunter Mercier (Fr. Fairfield, ME) drive to the rim and score were the only two hoops the Owls could knock down early on as the Terriers built the lead. Thomas would continue to shoot the ball well and closed out the first quarter with a 21-7 lead.
UMPI was able to produce more offense in the second quarter as Mercier drained a 3 pointer at the 8:26 mark and Rhylee Wright (Jr. Frenchville, ME) would knock down two free throws. Three more foul shots by Wright and a Reagle layup after a steal by Kendra Silvers, followed by a 3 pointer by Wright got the Owls back into the game at 28 to 19. After a Thomas timeout, the Terriers would go on a run and went into halftime ahead 44-27.
The Owls began to close the gap in the third, starting the quarter on a furious 15-4 run led by an Emmy Churchill (Jr. Washburn, ME) 3 pointer and two free thows that made it 48-42 in favor of Thomas. UMPI continued to hang in on two layups and a 3 pointer by Mercier as Thomas went into the forth with a narrow 56-52 lead.
The Terriers separated themselves again midway in the fourth as UMPI hurt themselves with turnovers and fouls. A Churchill drive and score and the foul shot by Churchill had the Owls down 64 to 58 at the 6:47 mark. Two Reagle free throws got UMPI back to within six points 64 to 58 at the 5:42 mark of the 4th quarter but that was a s close as the Owls would get. Thomas eventually outscored UMPI 23-11 in the quarter to pull away with the 79-63 victory.
For Thomas (5-11, 4-3 NAC), Addie Brinkman of Mt. Blue High School was a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling in nine rebounds. Karli Stubbs shot 6-of-13 from three-point range to score 17 points, while recording four rebounds. Kaylee Ravagli chipped in 13 points coming off the bench.
UMPI (5-11, 1-6 NAC) put four players in double digits led by Freshman Hunter Mercier with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Valdivia-Reagle scored 15 points and added 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Churchill scored 14 points and Wright added 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Next up: The Owls travel to MMA on Saturday January 19th for a 4:00PM NAC game