|University of Southern Maine||Plymouth State|
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) scored a team-high 17 and nine rebounds to lead three players in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Plymouth State University Panthers 76-48 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
Winners of eight of their last ten games, the Huskies improve to 8-8 overall and 5-1 in the Little East Conference. Plymouth State drops to 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the Little East. The Huskies are now tied for second place in the conference, and will host Western Connecticut State in a LEC contest on Saturday (1:00 pm).
Eells was 4-7 from the field and an outstanding 9-10 from the free throw line for the game-high total. Eells added nine rebounds to help Southern Maine to a decisive 45-32 advantage on the boards. Freshman Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) added 16 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots, an assist and a steal while shooting 6-14 from the field, including a 4-7 mark from three-point range. Junior Seve Deery-Deraps had a strong game off of the bench, netting a career-high 15 points knocking down four three-pointers, adding three rebounds and an assist. Juniors Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) and Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) each scored eight points. Srolovitz added eight rebounds, and four assists.
Jess Conant led all scorers with 21 points on 10-17 shooting, adding five rebounds. Cassidy Emerson added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Emily Brochu added seven points off of the bench.
The Huskies led wire-to-wire in the game, scoring the first five points of the game and ending the first quarter ahead of the Panthers by ten points, 19-9. Eells had seven points in the quarter, while Curley knocked down a pair of threes for six points to lead USM. The Huskies continued to roll in the second quarter and took a 39-23 lead into the break. Curley was 3-5 from the floor in the second quarter, while Deery-Deraps lit up the nets for eight points off of the bench in the quarter for eight points.
With Eells controlling the paint in the third, netting eight of her 17, USM increased its lead to 58-33. PSU’s Conant scored the first points of the quarter on a power move in the paint, but USM responded with a 10-2 run to open up a 49-27, capped by a Curley three with just over six minutes to play in the third. USM went on to outscore the Panthers 19-10 in the quarter. In the fourth the Huskies led by as many as 28 points to roll to the victory. Deery-Deraps had seven points in the quarter, while sophomore Mychaela Harton (Georgia, Vt.) tossed in six points.