GORHAM, Maine - Senior Ruthie Briggs (Sanford, Maine) scored a career-high 18 points to lead three players in double-figures Tuesday evening as the University of Southern Maine Huskies downed the Plymouth State University Panthers 72-47 in Little East Conference women's basketball game at Hill Gymnasium.
Briggs was 8-for-10 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to pace the Huskies. Junior Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) added 15 points, seven assists, and four rebounds and sophomore Renee Nicholas (Sebago, Maine) chipped in with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and a game-best seven steals. Freshman Curran Leighton (Dover, N.H.) tied her career-high with a game-leading 14 rebounds to compliment seven points.
Sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) led the Panthers with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) added nine points and nine rebounds, and freshman Colleen O'Hara (Otego, N.Y./Unatego Central) netted nine points off of the bench.
Southern Maine improves to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in the Little East. The loss snaps a three-game win streak for the Panthers who fall to 13-4 and 3-3 in the conference.
Leading 21-18 with 3:14 to play in the opening half, Southern Maine outscored Plymouth State 10-0 to close out the half and enjoy a 31-18 lead at the break. The Huskies got three-pointers from both Leighton and DeMillo in the run, while Briggs notched a traditional three-point play.
In the second half, USM pulled away to a 19-point advantage, 41-22, in the first five minutes after opening up the half with a 10-4 run, including five straight points from Briggs. The Panthers twice cut their deficit to 16 points, but it was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) at Western Connecticut State University. Plymouth State travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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