GORHAM, Maine - The nationally-ranked University of Southern Maine women's basketball team outscored Plymouth State University 47-27 in the second half Tuesday evening en route to an 82-53 victory in a Little East Conference game at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium.
The win was the 20th straight for the Huskies, and their 41st consecutive triumph (including playoffs) against an LEC opponent. Southern Maine is now 22-2 on the season and 13-0 in the conference, while PSU dropped its second straight game to fall to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in the conference.
Leading 35-26 at halftime, the Huskies, playing their third game in four days, opened the second half with a 21-12 run to double their halftime lead (56-38) with 13:00 to play. USM went on to enjoy a 20-point advantage most of the second half.
The Panthers opened the game looking like they might catch the Huskies flat-footed after two weekend wins against Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut. PSU opened a seven-point lead (11-4) in the first four minutes.
A 9-2 run by USM produced the first of two ties (13-13) before the Huskies would take the lead for good. USM outscored the Panthers 8-2 over the final three minutes of the half to take a nine-point lead at the break.
Junior Megan Myles (Auburn, Maine) led the Huskies' balanced offense with 15 points, highlighted by 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while registering four assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Junior Tiffany Jones (Skowhegan, Maine) was the only other USM player to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points.
Freshman Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) was the lone PSU player to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points. Sophomore Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) had eight points and shared game-high rebounding honors with seven boards.
Southern Maine closes out the regular season Saturday with a trip to the UMass Dartmouth. Plymouth State visits Western Connecticut on Saturday in its regular season finale.
(Courtesy of USM Sports Information)
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