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USM runs away from PSC

GORHAM, Maine - Freshman forward Tiffany Jones (Skowhegan, Maine) scored a career-high 40 points and the University of Southern Maine Huskies led from start to finish en route to an easy 100-61 triumph over the visiting Plymouth State College Panthers in Little East Conference women's basketball action Tuesday night at Hill Gym.

It marked the most points Southern Maine has scored since downing St. Joseph's by a 100-54 margin on February 12, 1997 (178 games ago). Southern Maine, which extended its current winning streak to six in a row, improved to 19-3 overall and 10-1 in the conference, while Plymouth State fell to 14-7 overall and 7-4 in the league. USM's only conference loss came to PSC back on Jan. 21 in Plymouth.

Southern Maine broke the contest open early in the first half and was never seriously threatened. The Huskies went on a 20-2 run to grab a commanding 26-6 advantage with 13:02 to play in the half. Jones, who scored 15 of the Huskies' 20 points during this stretch, finished the first half with 28 points.

The Panthers pulled to within 26-9 with 13:02 to play, but they would cut the deficit no further the rest of the way. The Huskies continued to extend their advantage, and entered the break enjoying their largest lead of the half, 56-24.

The Huskies continued to pull away in the second half, and took their largest lead of the game at 95-54 with 4:38 to play. Sophomore forward Coley Stetler (Lamoine, Maine) scored on a follow-up with 3 seconds remaining to account for the 100-61 final.

Southern Maine converted on 40-75 (.533) field goals, while limiting Plymouth State to 20-62 (.258). The Huskies also forced the Panthers into 29 turnovers.

Junior guard Meg Cressler (Appleton, Maine) added 16 points and six assists, while senior Jess Libby (Orono, Maine) contributed 14 points, and senior Kara Crockett (Glenburn, Maine) led all players with eight rebounds.

Plymouth State was led by senior guard Whitney Morin (Derby Line, Vt.), who finished with 13 points and became the ninth woman in PSC history to go over the 1,000-point milestone. Morin now has 1,002 career points. Senior forward Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H.) added 10 points for the Panthers.

The Panthers return to action on Thursday, when they entertain Newbury College. The Huskies' next game will be Saturday at Rhode Island College. (Courtesy Southern Maine Sports Information)