GORHAM, Maine – Anna Barry had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead three players in double-figures as the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 59-52 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Eastern Connecticut improves to 14-8 overall and 9-4 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine drops its third straight game to stand at 12-9 overall and 8-5 in the Little East. The Warriors and the Huskies are 1-1 during the regular season series.
Barry was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the Warriors. Mya Villard went 6-for-11 for 14 points and snagged eight rebounds to help the Warriors to a 42-30 edge on the glass. Kelsey Santagata chipped in with 10 points off of the bench and had five rebounds. Barry and Santagata each had blocked shots.
Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) led all scorers with 16 points finishing the game 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Sophomore Kristen Curley added 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) had nine points.
The Warriors opened the game on a 7-0 run which proved to be the difference in the contest. Julie Keckler scored the Warriors first basket off of the opening tip, and was followed by a layup from Villard and a three from Sabrina LeMere. Conversely, the Huskies went 0-5 with a turnover in its first six possessions before Srolovitz scored after nearly three minutes had elapsed. ECSU went onto outscore USM 15-8 in the quarter.
ECSU remained in front of the Huskies by at least two possessions for the second quarter and led by nine, 23-14, after a layup from Santagata with 5:37 to play, before USM closed out the quarter with a 7-3 run to trail 26-21 at the half. Freshman Audry Pohl (Holland, Mich.) started the run with a bucket in the paint, while Luckhardt scored the next five.
ECSU had its largest lead of the game in the third quarter, 36-21, after opening the half on a 10-0 run led by four points from Villard. After a pair of free throws from Villard gave the Warriors their 15-point cushion with 6:57 on the clock, USM stormed back with an 11-2 run to cut its deficit to five, 38-32, with 3:35 to play in the quarter. Luckhardt had five of the Huskies points in the run, while Curley had four. From there each team battled back and forth and the Warriors held a 45-39 lead headed into the fourth.
The Huskies and the Warriors exchanged baskets to open the fourth quarter, and a layup from Julie Jordan had ECSU ahead 53-44 with 6:39 to play before USM rattled off six straight points on buckets from sophomore Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine), Curley and freshman Michelle Rowe (Gorham, Maine) to make it a three-point game, 53-50 with 2:24 to play. With its lead cut to a single possession, ECSU's Barry converted a layup on the Warriors next possession and the Huskies never got closer than five points the rest of the way for the 59-52 final.
Southern Maine hosts Castleton University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in its next contest.