PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) made seven three-point field goals and finished with a game-high 23 points Tuesday evening as the University of Southern Maine pulled out a seven-point victory, 67-60, over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.
The Huskies held a 10-point second-half lead before Plymouth State rallied, pulling to within one point (61-60) with less than a minute to play. But PSU didn't score again and USM made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory. Southern Maine improves to 15-7 overall and 7-4 in the Little East while the Panthers drop to 14-8 overall and 4-7 in conference play.
DeMillo got strong support from freshman Curran Leighton (Dover, N.H.), who scored 19 points and collected a team-high eight rebounds. Senior Haley Johnson (West Simsbury, Conn.) also reached double digits in scoring, finishing with 11 points.
Plymouth State got a double-double from sophomore Alicia Doucet (Manchester, N.H./Central) as she scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Senior Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) contributed 15 points and junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) added 11 points and six boards.
The game was close throughout as the upset-minded Panthers gave the Huskies all they could handle. It was back and forth in the first half with seven lead changes and the largest advantage being four points by USM. PSU freshman Colleen O'Hara (Otego, N.Y.) drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half with the score tied, 28-all.
USM outscored PSU 16-6 to open the second half, giving the Huskies their largest lead of the night, 44-34, with 14 minutes remaining. The Panthers stayed in the game and went on an 11-5 run from the five-minute mark to the one-minute mark before the Huskies pulled it out in the final minute.
Both teams played solid defense with PSU holding USM to 37 percent in the shooting department while the Huskies held the Panthers to a 28 percent clip.
PSU will be home on Saturday for an LEC clash against UMass Boston for the Senior Day contest at Foley Gymnasium. The start time for that game has been moved back to 2:30 p.m. Southern Maine returns home to host Rhode Island College at 1:00 p.m.
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