PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) and junior Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) each scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies used a red-hot shooting effort from beyond-the-arc to defeat the Plymouth State University Panthers 91-66 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at Foley Gymnasium.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 14-10 and 10-5 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies' 91 points total is their most in a game since January 22, 2013 when they scored 91 points against the Panthers in a conference win. Plymouth State falls to 10-14 and 4-12 in the LEC.
Southern Maine shot a remarkable 63.2 percent (12-for-19) from three-point range in the win with six different players connecting on at least one three pointer. Srolovitz was 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point range adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Blais notched a USM career-high with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and a 3-for-4 mark from three. Blais added two rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) had 13 points a team-high eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot for the Huskies, finishing the game 6-for-10 from the field, while senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) added 10 points, five boards, four assists and two steals. USM outscored the Panthers 31-21 off of the bench, led by nine points from senior Seve Deery-DeRaps (Rangeley, Maine) who went 3-for-3 from three-point range.
Plymouth's Jess Conant led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting and an 8-for-8 mark from the free throw line. Conant had eight boards, three steals and a pair of assists. Brooke Beaudet came off the bench for 12 points, knocking down four threes, while Debra Morrill had 11 points and seven assists. Cassidy Emerson nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds on 5-for-8 shooting.
Trailing by three at the end of the first quarter, Southern Maine outscored Plymouth State 19-16 in the second to send both teams into the halftime break knotted up at 38. Srolovitz and Luckhardt led USM in the second quarter with six points each. After trailing by as many as five points in the second quarter, USM led 38-34 with 1:21 left in the frame on a jumper from Luckhardt, but PSU got back-to-back buckets from Morrill and a buzzer-beater from Emerson for the 38-38 score.
The Panthers scored the first four points of the third to lead 42-38 on scores from Morrill and Conant, but USM responded with a 13-0 run to grab a 51-42 lead. Luckhardt and Srolovitz each had five points in the run, while Blais knocked down a three. Emerson halted the USM run with a jumper, but the Huskies rattled off seven unanswered points on a layup from freshman Audrey Pohl (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa), a three from sophomore Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) and a bucket in the paint from Howrigan for a 58-44 lead with 1:59 to go in the period. The Panthers answered back, however, with an 8-2 run, including back-to-back threes from Beaudet to cut their deficit to eight, but Deery-DeRaps canned a three in the final seconds off of an assist from Luckhardt to make in an 11-point game 63-52 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, USM outscored PSU 12-6 in the opening five minutes growing its lead to 75-58 on a layup from Blais with 4:50 left in regulation. A traditional three-point play from Conant cut the Panthers deficit to 13, 77-64, with 3:05 on the clock, but USM closed the quarter outscoring their opponents 14-2 down the stretch for the win.
Southern Maine remains on the road and travels to Western Connecticut State on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in its regular season finale.