GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) and junior forward Haley Johnson (West Simsbury, Conn.) combined to score 35 points Tuesday evening to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 66-51 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Hill Gymnasium.
Southern Maine improves to 14-4 on the season and 5-3 in the Little East, while the Panthers drop to 12-6 overall and 3-5 in the conference. The Huskies own a 61-7 lead in the career series between the two schools.
DeMillo was 6-for-16 from the field to lead the Huskies with 18 points and a season-best five assists, while Johnson recorded a career-high 17 points on a stellar 7-for-9 from the floor. Johnson complimented her career-high scoring total with eight rebounds and five steals. Junior Nicole Paradis (Skowhegan, Maine) added eight points, five assists and three steals and sophomore Kristi Violette (Readfield, Maine) tossed in eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
Junior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) led the Panthers 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) added 11 points, while sophomore Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Ahead by a basket, 31-29, through the first half, the Huskies pulled away from the Panthers in the second half outscoring PSU 35-22 in the second stanza. Paradis scored all eight of her points in the second half, while Johnson netted seven and DeMillo nine. USM used a 11-2 run in the opening six minutes and 29 seconds of the second half to pull ahead of the Panthers, 42-31. DeMillo was instrumental in the attack scoring six of the Huskies' 11 points.
Plymouth State battled back to within eight points of the Huskies, 46-38, with 9:37 to play on a lay-up from Kania, but the Huskies quickly returned their lead to double-digits over the next three minutes with a 12-4 spurt. USM received scoring contributions from five different players in the run to lead 58-42 with 6:05 on the clock. From there the Huskies were able to keep the Panthers at bay and led by as many as 18 points late in the game.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts UMass Dartmouth in a Little East game. Plymouth State is at Western Connecticut on the same date and time.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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