GORHAM, Maine – Three players scored in double figures as the University of New England Noreasters used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from the University of Southern Maine Huskies 62-46 in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at Fifield Court.
Each team played its season-opener. UNE starts the season at 1-0, while USM is 0-1.
Senior Alicia Brown (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) scored 14 points to lead UNE, while Ashley Coneys (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) and junior Olivia Shaw (Saco, Maine/Thorton Academy) scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Coneys led the Noreasters with eight rebounds.
Southern Maine junior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) led all scorers with a career-high 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. Nicholson, who was 3-for-5 from three-point range, added five rebounds and an assist. Junior Kayla Satacy (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) added 10 points and three assists, while freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) added seven points, four rebounds and a steal in her first intercollegiate game. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) was 4-for-6 from the field for eight points.
Struggling with an ice-cold effort from the floor, Southern Maine trailed UNE by 14, 25-11, at the half. The Huskies surged back into the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Noreasters 17-12, to trail by nine, 37-28, thanks in part to a buzzer-beating jumper in the paint from sophomore Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy). Nicholson pulled USM to within two possessions to start the fourth quarter draining a three on an assist from Stacy, but UNE used a 12-6 run over the next four minutes to balloon its lead back to double-digits, 49-37, on a layup from Shaw with 6:05 to play. The Huskies never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way as UNE held for the win.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (8:00 p.m.) in the first game of the Hampton Inn/Microtell Cardinal Classic at Plattsburgh State. UNE hosts its own invitational beginning Friday (5:30 p.m.) and will play UMaine Farmington