|Plymouth State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) converted a layup off of an out-of-bounds play in the closing seconds of regulation and three players scored in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies nipped the Plymouth State University Panthers 61-60 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Fifield Court.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 3-15 overall and 2-6 in the Little East. The win marked the 1000th win in the program’s history over the course of 55 seasons, which began officially during the 1922-23 season with an interruption from 1927 until returning for the 1967-68 season. The loss is the second straight for the Panthers who are now 5-12 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
Freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) was 4-for-7 from the field and 5-for-8 from the free throw line to score a team-high 13 point, adding four rebounds and an assist before fouling out. Junior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis) added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists, while classmate Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) scored 10 points and had four steals. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) had a solid overall game with six points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Howrigan finished with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.
Senior DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) scored a game-high 21 points, knocking down six three-pointers. Lawrence recorded her 1000th career point late in the second quarter. Senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, adding four blocked shots.
Trailing 60-59 with 21 seconds on the game-clock after a Wyland bucket in the paint, called a timeout and advanced the ball. On the out-of-bounds play, junior guard Kayla Stacy (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) fed the ball inside to Howrigan deep in the paint. With her back to the basket, Howrigan made a move towards the middle and scored the hoop for a 61-60 lead. On PSU’s next possession, Howrigan came up big again with a blocked shot, but the Panthers retained possession on a team offensive rebound. With another look in the paint, this time Luckhart blocked a shot tying the ball up and earning possession for the Huskies. USM missed a pair of foul shots with three seconds to play, and the Panthers had a long look at the basket as time expired but it was off the mark as USM held for the win.