GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) had a game and season-high 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 2-for-3 mark from three point range to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 74-52 win over the Regis College (Mass.) Pride in a non-conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Higgins Court.
Winning their fourth consecutive game, the Huskies end the month of December undefeated and improve to 7-2 overall. Regis (Mass.) loses its second straight and drops to 1-6.
Curley was one of two Huskies in double-figures as Southern Maine used a balanced attack and shot 51.7 percent from the field (31-for-60) in the win. The 5-9 guard added two assists and a steal off of the bench. Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) added 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) chipped in with eight points and two steals of off the bench, shooting 4-for-5. Juniors Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt), Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine), Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) and Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) each scored seven points. Luckhardt continued filling up the stat sheet for the Huskies with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Blais also had seven boards and dished out a career-best five assists. Eells added two blocked shots and four rebounds.
Katryna Veasey led Regis with a double-double scoring a team-high 13 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Valerie Martin added 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting, while Sam D'Angelo tossed in nine points off of the bench.
With Regis leading 10-9 midway through the first quarter, Southern Maine's Curley scored nine points and the Huskies rattled off a 13-3 run over the next three minutes and thirty seconds to surge ahead for a 24-15 lead heading into the second. Curley scored USM's first seven points in the run.
Opening the second with a 6-2 mini-run, a jumper from Veasey at 4:48 pulled Regis to within five of the Huskies, 26-21. However, Southern Maine scored 12 unanswered points, again led by Curley with seven, and capped by a jumper from Luckhardt with 36 seconds left in the half for a 38-21 lead late. Regis' Veasey hit two free throws in the final seconds for a 38-23 halftime score.
The Huskies opened the second half with another run, 10-2 led by five points from Srolovitz, for a controlling 48-25 lead with 6:09 left in the third. USM retained its lead throughout the third, and Regis' Veasy and D'Angelo were able to trim the Pride's deficit to 15 on a three and a layup with 17 seconds in the quarter, but USM's Eliasen drained a three with seconds left off of a Srolovitz feed for a 55-37 USM lead headed to the fourth.
USM scored the first four points of the fourth on buckets from Curley and Harris and finished the final frame shooting 9-for-12 from the field in route to the 22-point win. Shooting over 50 percent from the field as a team for the first time this season, the Huskies' defense limited Regis to just 38.2 percent (21-for-55) from the field and forced the Pride into 25 turnovers. Southern Maine scored 29 of its 74 points off of Regis miscues.
Southern Maine is off until January 5 (1:00 p.m.) when it will host Keene State College in a Little East Conference game.