|University of Southern Maine||Wartburg College|
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Katie Sommer and Aryn Jones each scored 13 points to lead a balanced offense as the eighth-ranked Wartburg College Knights used a big third-quarter to pull away form the University of Southern Maine Huskies for a 72-53 win in Game 11 of the 2016 Cruizin’ Classic at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Monday afternoon.
With the win, the Knights, a 2016 NCAA Elite Eight team, remain undefeated at 9-0. Southern Maine drops its fourth straight, and third game of the season to a nationally-ranked opponent, to stand at 2-9 overall.
Katie Somner led the Knights with 13 points, a game-high nine rebounds and three assist, while Jones was 5-for-5 from the field for her 13 points. Kristie Somner added nine points, all on three-pointers, and five assists, while Arienne Boettger tossed in eight points off of the bench.
Huskies’ sophomore Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School) scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 from the field, adding six rebounds and five assists in a solid all-around effort. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, adding five assists, four steals and four rebounds. Junior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) had six points and two blocked shots.
Led by a three from Nicholson and a offensive rebound and a put back from sophomore Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy), Southern Maine jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, and then trailed 14-12 after the first quarter as Nicholson canned a pair of three-pointers. In the second quarter, Wartburg’s Katie Sommer struck for seven points, including a traditional three-point play and the final four points of the quarter to put the Knights up 32-25 at the half.
Wartburg found its rhythm from long-range in the third quarter to outscore the Huskies 25-10, knocking down five three-pointers in the frame. Four different players connected from three for the Knights, led by two from Kristie Sommer. Southern Maine bounced back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knights 18-15 led by seven points from Luckhardt and five from Srolovitz. Luckhardt and Srolovitz each scored nine points in the second half.