GORHAM, Maine – Senior Emily Nicholson (Quispamisis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) and freshman Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) each scored nine points in the fourth quarter to help force overtime action and lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 67-64 overtime win over the Regis (Mass.) College Pride Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Southern Maine extends its winning-streak to five games and finishes the month of December at 5-0, improving their overall record to 5-6. The Huskies snapped Regis' four-game win-streak to drop the Pride to 4-4 overall.
Curley finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field, adding five rebounds, four steals, four blocked shots and an assist. Nicholson had an outstanding all-around game scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds, passing off four assists and coming up with two steals. Sophomore Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Regis senior Brittany Stone (West Bridgewater, Mass.) posted a double-double with a team-high 24 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead three Pride players in double-figures. Senior Shannon Hayes (Billerica, Mass.) had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists, while junior Sam D'Angelo (Woburn, Mass.) nearly had a triple double with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Down by 10, 49-39, after a traditional three-point play from Stone with 7:30 left in regulation, Southern Maine outscored the Pride 19-9 in to force the overtime action. Nicholson keyed the run scoring five consecutive points on a layup and a three-pointer. The Huskies' went ahead 56-55 with 1:21 on an outstanding hoop-and-the-harm play from Curley who stuck a baseline jumper while being fouled and converted the free throw. A steal from junior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) led to another jumper from Curley and a 58-55 USM lead with 50 seconds to play, but Regis scored the final three points of the game on a layup from Stone and one-of-two free throws. Regis had a look at the basket to hit the game-winner as time expire, but Curley came up big with one of her four blocks in the game.
In the overtime period, USM scored the first five points on layups form Curley and Eells and one of two free throws from Nicholson. The Pride cut their deficit to a single point, 64-63, with 44 seconds to play on a three from junior Maura Russell (Braintree, Mass.) and a short jumper from Stone; however, USM junior Alexa Srolivitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) halted the Pride run with a tough elbow-jumper in traffic in the Huskies' next possession for her only field goal of the game. From there each team exchanged free throws for the 67-64 final.
USM shot 43.5 percent (27-for-62) from the field for the game, but struggled from the free throw line hitting just 9-of-21. Regis shot 42.9 percent (27-for-63) from the field, but was hampered by 22 turnovers compared to USM's 11. The Huskies' scored 18 of their points off of Regis turnovers in the game.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.) when it travels to Husson University for a non-conference game.
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