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February 19, 2008

Southern Maine overpowers PSU Women’s Hoop

              GORHAM, Maine - The University of Southern Maine women's basketball team combined a balanced offense with a stifling defense Tuesday night to cruise to a 75-37 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.

              The win was the third straight for the 12th-ranked Huskies who improve to 22-2 overall and 12-1 in the conference.  The win also clinched at least a share of the LEC regular season title for the Huskies, and the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament that starts next week.  The Huskies have won or shared the LEC regular season title 20 times in the 22-year history of the conference.  The Panthers fall to 10-14 overall and 3-10 in the conference.

              Southern Maine received offensive contributions from all 12 players who dressed for the game.  Freshman Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) paced the attack with 11 points, and junior Stacey Kent (Northwood, N.H.) added 10.  Seven other players chipped in five or more points.  DeMillo also grabbed a season-high six rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists.

              At the defensive end, the Huskies held the Panthers to an ice-cold 26 percent shooting percent (13 for 50) from the field and forced 30 turnovers.  No Plymouth State player reached double figures in scoring as junior Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) led the team with nine points, all coming on three-point baskets.

              Leading 8-7 three minutes into the contest, the Huskies went on a 16-0 run over a span of 12 minutes to open a comfortable 17-point advantage.  Kent and senior Josalee Danieli (New Gloucester, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) each had five points during the surge.

              Morin's first three-pointer snapped the Huskies' run and pulled PSU back within 14, but the visitors would get no closer in the half that ended with USM holding a 32-14 lead.  The Panthers shot just 23.1 percent (6 for 26) and committed 18 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

              The Huskies methodically stretched out the lead in the second half, shooting 48 percent (14 for 29) from the floor while holding the Panthers to 23 points.  The Huskies scored the first seven points of the half to push the lead to 25 with 18 minutes to play.

              Senior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H.) of Plymouth State led all rebounders grabbing 12 caroms.  PSU out rebounded USM, 38-34, for the game.

              The Huskies close the regular season this Saturday (1:00 p.m.) traveling to Western Connecticut State University for a showdown with the Colonials (19-4, 11-2).  The Panthers finished the regular season Saturday (1:00 p.m.) with a road game at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (6-18, 2-11).

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)

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