|University of Southern Maine||Eastern Connecticut State University|
WILLAMANTIC, Conn. – Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) scored 13 points and sophomore Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School) scored 10 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a 64-41 loss against the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium.
With the win, Eastern Connecticut extended its win streak to four games and improves to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in the Little East. Southern Maine falls to 2-14 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
Lexis Foster led ECSU with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nearly missed a triple-double with eight blocked shots. Jordyn Nappi and Kelsey Santagata each scored 12 points for the Warriors, and Santagata added seven rebounds and four assists.
Luckhardt was 4-for-7 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line for her team-high total. Srolovitz was 4-for-10, with five rebounds and two assists. Freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) added six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
In a one possession game with USM trailing 13-10 after a pair of Luckhardt free throws, ECSU scored the final four points of the first quarter to extend its lead to 17-10. Srolovitz opened the second quarter with a jumper to make it a 17-12 game in favor of the Warriors, before Foster and Nappi combined for six consecutive points to create a 10-point margin 22-12 with 5:13 left in the first half. USM stayed was within three possession, 22-14, after an offensive rebound and a put-back from junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) with 4:37 on the clock, but Reardon drained back-to-back threes for the Warriors as part of a 10-4 run to close out the half and head into the break ahead 32-18. The Huskies were unable to get closer than 12 points in the second half as Eastern held for the win.
Eastern Connecticut shot 46.0 percent (23-for-50) from the field in the win, while Southern Maine struggled from the field shooting 23.9 percent (16-for-67). The Warriors had an advantage on the free throw line making 16-of-20 compared to just 6-of-7 for USM.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) and will host Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference game. USM Athletics will be hosting its annual Town of Gorham Night during is LEC doubleheader, celebrating the partnership between the University and the Town of Gorham. There will be special halftime performances from the Gorham Recreation Department’s third and fourth grade boys’ and girls’ basketball team and cheerleaders. In addition there will be raffles and prizes and music from the USM School of Music. Eastern Connecticut hits the road on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) and travels to Keene State for an LEC match up.