PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Southern Maine raced to a 25-4 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back Tuesday evening en route to an 80-35 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Huskies, ranked #1 in both NCAA Division III national polls, won their seventh in a row to improve to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in the LEC. USM has also captured 52 consecutive conference games since falling to Plymouth State on Jan. 21, 2003. PSU dropped to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Senior Ashley Marble (Topsfield, Maine) led the winners with game-highs of 14 points and nine rebounds, playing in only 21 minutes. Classmate Katie Frost (Calais, Maine) added 12 points and junior Katie Sibley (Boothbay, Maine) 11. The Huskies used their entire bench, with 14 players seeing at least eight minutes on the court and no one playing more than 21 minutes.
The USM defense limited the Panthers to a 23.1 shooting percentage and forced 33 PSU turnovers. Senior Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the hosts with seven points, five coming from the free throw line.
PSU is home again Saturday for an LEC affair against Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.), hoping to avenge last month's 74-66 loss in Danbury, Conn. USM returns home to host UMass Dartmouth in a conference game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
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