BOSTON – Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) went 9-for-12 from the field and scored a game-high 25 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 71-57 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at the Clark Athletic Center Gym.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 6-1 in the Little East Conference and 10-4 overall. UMass Boston had its four-game winning streak snapped and is now 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the LEC.
With the Huskies shooting an outstanding 48.1 percent (26-for-54) from the field for the game, Srolovitz was one of three Huskies in double figures. Srolovitz added four rebounds and four steals to her stat line. Sophomore Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) had 15 points, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot off of the bench. Curley was 5-for-8 from the field, and scored five of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to stem a UMB run late. Senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) had 10 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) went 4-for-8 from the floor for nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Tahjai Mazyck led UMB with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while Jalani Jackson and Joie Grassi had 14 and 12 points each. Grassi added five boards, three steals and three blocked shots for the Beacons. The Beacons shot 17-for-56 from the field to finish with a 30.4 percent mark from the floor.
Led by eight first quarter points from Curley, Southern Maine led 21-15 at the end of one quarter. The Huskies were 8-for-13 from the field (61.5 percent) and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. In the second quarter, Srolovitz came out on fire for the Huskies scoring 10 straight points as Southern Maine surged ahead of the Beacons 31-15 with 6:15 left in the half. Srolovitz scored 13 of her game-high 25 in the second quarter as USM led 40-26 at the break.
In the third, Southern Maine remained in front of UMB by 12-16 points for most of the quarter. A pair of free throws from the Beacons' Grassi cut her teams deficit to 13, 53-40, with 2:48 left in the quarter but USM responded outscoring their opponents 5-2 down the stretch capped by a jumper from Howrigan to lead 58-42 headed into the fourth. Srolovitz had six points in the third, while Harris and Howrigan scored five and four each.
USM junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the first basket of the fourth to give USM its largest lead, 18 points, 60-42, with just under nine minutes remaining. UMass Boston, however, used a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to more than half its deficit and trail 62-54 with 4:49 on the clock. Grassi scored five of the Beacons' points in the run, which was capped by a layup and a free throw for a three-point play from Mazyc. During that stretch, Southern Maine committed five turnovers and went 0-for-3 from the field.
The score remained unchanged for the next two minutes before Srolovitz came up with a steal and Curley earned a spot on the free throw line to sink two to score the first of her five straight points. Leading 64-55 after the two free throws, Srolovitz again found a streaking Curley cutting towards the basket for a reverse layup and the foul for a traditional three-point play and a 5-0 swing as USM led by 12, 67-55, with 1:14 to play. UMB's Geanna Williams hit two free throws on the Beacons' next possession, but USM closed out the game with four straight points on two free throws from Howrigan and an easy bucket in the paint for Harris on a feed from Curley for the 71-57 final.
Southern Maine remains on the road and faces Little East Conference opponent Keene State on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).