Ranquist scores career high 22 points in lopsided win over Thomas

Ranquist scores career high 22 points in lopsided win over Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine -- University of Maine at Farmington junior Lindsay Ranquist netted a career high 22 points to lead the Beavers to a 81-46 win over North Atlantic Conference rival Thomas College, Tuesday night at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

UMaine-Farmington improved to 3-1 in the NAC with the win, 4-7 overall, while Thomas fell to 2-7 overall, 2-2 in conference play.

Ranquist's effort was balanced nearly evenly over two halves, with 12 points in the opening stanza on 3-of-6 shooting followed by a 4-of-4 effort from the floor in the second half for 10 more points.

Teammates Ayla Allen and Kennadi Grover offered up second half performances that were a little less even-keeled than Ranquist's, but were instrumental in sparking a second half effort that quickly helped pound Thomas into submission.

Grover scored all 17 of her points off the bench in the second half, as the rookie went 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-7 at the charity stripe.

Allen, who had four points in the first half, found her shooting touch in the second half with four field goals including three 3-pointers, adding 12 points to the Farmington cause. She finished the night with 16 points, rounding out UMF's trio of players in double figures.

As a team, UMaine-Farmington shot a scorching 61.1 percent (22-of-36) from the field in the second half, after struggling to a 25.9 percent (7-of-27) clip in the opening 20 minutes. The Beavers finished the game with 46.0 percent shooting from the field, including an 8-of-18 (.444) mark from beyond the arc.

Farmington's eight 3-pointers against Thomas matches a season high set in the 2013-14 opener against Fisher College.

Defensively, the Beavers held Thomas to 29.0 percent shooting, with nine field goals in each half. UMaine-Farmington also had a dominating performance on the boards, outworking Thomas 48 to 34, led by Meaghan Smith's game high 10 rebounds to go with five points.

For Thomas, Elizabeth Goodall and Lexi Merrifield had a team-leading 10 points each.

With the win, the Beavers have won the last five matchups against Thomas, dating back to the 2011-12 season.

UMaine-Farmington continues NAC play this weekend with a two-game swing through New Hampshire. The Beavers will face Colby-Sawyer College on Friday, Jan. 10, followed by a matchup with New England College on Saturday, Jan. 11.

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