GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) scored a career-high 26 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 65-58 win over the University of New England Nor'easters in a non-conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at Hill Gym.
The win is the third consecutive for the Huskies who are now 3-0 to start the 2018-2019 season. UNE, coming off of a season-opening win, is 1-1 with the loss. Tonight's win marks the first time since 2012-2013 season that the Huskies have won over UNE, snapping a five-game slide.
Srolovitz was 10-for-18 from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers to lead all scorers. Senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) chipped in with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding three assists and two steals. Freshmen Michelle Rowe (Gorham, Maine) and Victoria Harris (Lewiston, Maine) each contributed productive minutes off of the bench. Rowe had seven points, and six rebounds, while Harris had six points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.), who missed most of the first half with foul trouble, finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists, including big baskets in the final quarter.
Freshman Sabrina Johnson (Merrimack, N.H.) led three UNE players in double-figures with 16 points on an outstanding 7-for-10 mark from the field. Johnson added a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Elyssa Nicholas (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) was 4-for-9 from three and 1-for-2 from the free throw line for 13 points, while junior Jocelyn Chaput (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) had 12 points, four steals and two blocked shots.
Leading UNE by a single point, 17-16, after a three from junior Sadie Nelson (Windham, Maine) less than 30 seconds into the second quarter, the Huskies went on to outscore the Noreasters 18-6 to take a solid 33-24 lead into the break. Srolovitz scored seven of her 26 in the quarter, while Rowe had five of her seven.
UNE pushed back to open the third scoring the first five points of the quarter to trail 33-29 with 6:53 to play capped by a layup from Nelson. However, Southern Maine responded with a 14-4 run over the next three and a half minutes to surge ahead 47-33 with 2;59 left in the third. Srolovitz again played a huge part in the run, scoring seven points, while Howrigan connected for five. Both teams traded baskets on the next two possessions before junior Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) drove the line in the closing seconds for USM's final bucket of the third and a 51-37 lead headed into the fourth.
Rowe scored the first basket of the fourth to give the Huskies their largest lead of the game, 53-37, with 9:33 to play, but UNE made a few runs to chip away at the USM advantage. Nicholas twice brought UNE to within eight points of the Huskies on three pointers, and a layup from Johnson with 1:06 to play made it a six-point, 59-53, game, but Luckhardt and Srolovitz closed the game out on the line for USM combining for a 6-for-6 effort in the 65-58 final.
Southern Maine will play on the road in its next contest, traveling to Bates College on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) in a non-conference game. UNE hosts Connecticut College on Saturday (5:30 p.m.) in its Hampton Inn Tip Off Tournament.