21 Little East Conference Championships

Southern Maine Escapes Rhode Island College 63-58 in OT

Senior Kim Howrigan was 7-for-12 for 14 points and five rebounds.
Senior Kim Howrigan was 7-for-12 for 14 points and five rebounds.

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  Sophomore Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) led four players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies earned a 63-58 overtime win over the Rhode Island College Anchormen Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

            With the win, Southern Maine has the regular-season sweep of RIC and improves to 12-6 overall and 8-3 in the Little East Conference. Rhode Island College dips to 12-7 overall and 5-6 in conference action. 

            Curley was 7-for-12 from the field for her team-high 16 points.  The 5-9 guard added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a pair of blocked shots. Senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) matched Curley in the field at 7-for-12, scoring 14 points, grabbing five boards, adding an assist and a blocked shot. Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) and freshman Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) added 11 and 10 points respectively.   Srolovitz had four rebounds and three assists, while Harris had five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot.  Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) chipped in with five points, six rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.  Harris and Luckhardt scored eight of the Huskies nine points in the overtime period. 

            Jordyn Gauvin led RIC with 18 points as three Anchormen scored in double-figures.  Brooke Young went 5-for-6 from three point range for 15 points, while Sophia Guerrier tossed in 10 points and had a game-high five assists.  Ornela Livramento had six points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Willcia McBorrough added three points and 11 boards to help RIC to a 49-37 lead on the boards.  

            After trailing RIC 14-10 after the first quarter, Southern Maine outscored the Anchormen 16-4 in the second quarter to secure a 26-18 lead at the half. Howrigan and Srolovitz combined for 11 of the Huskies' 16 points in the quarter.  The Huskies were able to limit RIC to just 1-of-15 shooting in the quarter, a three from Marie Gallagher. 

            RIC cut the Huskies lead to one point, 33-32, with 4:00 to play in the third outscoring USM 14-7.  Young capped the RIC run with one of her five threes in the game, but Southern Maine's Srolovitz answered back with a three of her own to start a key 7-0 run.  USM finished the quarter ahead of RIC 40-34. 

            The Huskies remained in front of RIC in the fourth and led 49-41 with just 3:30 left in regulation. Down by three possessions, RIC caught fire and outscored USM 13-6 the rest of the way to force overtime. Guerrier scored eight of RIC's points in the run.  A three from Young with 2:14 on the clock cut RIC's deficit to 51-49, and the Huskies' Curley answered with a three of her own for a 54-49 lead with 2:00 to play, but RIC scored the final five points of the quarter, including the game-tying jumper from Gauvin in the final minute. 

            In overtime, RIC struck first with a pair of free throws from Gauvin and both teams exchanged points. Gauvin gave the Anchormen their final lead of the OT period with layup for a 58-56 score with 2:49 left, but Luckhardt attacked the rim and scored four straight points on a layup and two free throws for a 60-58 Husky advantage.  Both teams missed on ensuing possessions, and Curley came up with a big defensive rebound with 24 seconds to play and Harris iced the game at the line finishing the overtime period 4-for-4 at the line en route to the 63-58 win.  

Southern Maine remains on the road for its next contest and travels to Colby College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.  

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