GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Nicole Garland was 5-for-8 from three-point range for a team-high 15 points to lead four players in double figures as the 12th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies rolled over the Plymouth State University Panthers 81-39 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Wednesday evening at Foley Gymnasium.
With the win Southern Maine clinches the Little East Conference regular season title and earns the top seed for the upcoming Little East Conference tournament. Southern Maine is now 23-1 overall and 12-1 in the Little East Conference. Plymouth State falls to 1-22 and 0-13 in the LEC.
Garland led a balanced offense as 12 of the 14 players who entered the game scored. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight added 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while classmate Abby Hasson had a season-high 11 points off of the bench. Senior forward Jordan Grant rounded out the scoring with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Haley Jordan added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Junior Krystin Corliss led all scorers with 17 points to lead the Panthers. Senior Katie Seraikas added 10 points and a seven points off of the bench.
At Medford, Mass., Diana Manduca helped send the game to overtime in her final basketball game with the Colby College women’s basketball team, but Connecticut College pulled out a 61-58 victory over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play at Tufts University on Wednesday night.
Manduca finished with team-highs of 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals. She finished her career with 1,063 points, 332 assists, 321 rebounds, 151 steals, and 143 made 3-point shots. Manduca ranked 14th in career scoring at Colby.
Gabe Donahue added nine points and five rebounds for the Mules (8-16 overall, 1-9 NESCAC), while Jen Nale and Carylanne Wolfington both had seven points. Jacky McLaughlin, who had five points Wednesday, finished her career at Colby with 567 points, 223 rebounds, 187 assists, and 89 steals.
Tara Gabelman led the Camels (10-13, 4-6 NESCAC) with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Aly Boyle scored 11 and had seven boards. The Mules stayed in the game by forcing 24 Connecticut College turnovers (Colby had 16).
Colby started off strong and had early 8-1 and 10-3 leads in the first 6:30 of play. The Camels battled back with a 14-2 run to go up 17-12 with 5:46 to play. The Mules were in control the rest of the half, with Manduca scoring six points and Nale five to help Colby take a 23-20 lead at intermission.
Colby led for the first nine minutes of the second half, but the Camels came back and took a 47-41 lead with 7:38 to play. Connecticut College still led 53-49 with 4:07 to go when both teams had problems scoring. Manduca finally cut the margin to two points at 53-51 with 2:10 to play and Donahue tied the game with 1:21 left. The Camels’ Kaitlyn Cresencia scored inside with just 12 seconds left, only to see Manduca tie the game at 55-55 with a driving basket with three seconds to play.
At Plymouth, N.H., senior Alex Kee and junior guard Conor Sullivan combined to scored 27 points to lead the University of Southern Maine to the win.
The wins halts a three-game slide for the Huskies and improves their record to 14-10 overall and 8-5 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies have secured a home game for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Little East Conference tournament beginning on Tuesday, February 19. Suffering its fourth straight loss, Plymouth State falls to 6-18 overall and 2-11 in the LEC.
Kee was 3-for-5 from three-point range to lead the Huskies. Sullivan added a team-high nine rebounds to go along with his 13 points. Junior forward James Odneal and freshman guard Cole Libby each scored nine points.
Freshman forward Uche Nwokeji led the Panthers with a 14-point, 21-rebound double-double. Sophomore guard Alex Burt added 14 points. Junior Petey Skevas chipped in with seven points, five assists and six rebounds.
Sullivan scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half to pace the Huskies to a solid 27-17 halftime advantage. The Huskies held Plymouth State to just eight field goals, a 30.6 percent mark from the field and forced the Panthers into 10 turnovers in the opening half.