Balanced scoring for Panthers in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Haley Jordan and senior Courtney Cochran each recorded double-doubles Tuesday evening as the University of Southern Maine defeated Plymouth State University, 86-53, in Little East Conference women's basketball action at Foley Gym.
Jordan finished with game-highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds, making 11-of-22 shots from the field, while Cochran tallied 22 points and 11 boards, connecting on 10-of-13 shots. They helped the Huskies to their fourth straight victory, improving to 14-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
Senior Nicole Garland and junior Jordan Grant also reached double figures in the scoring department for USM; Garland made four three-point baskets to finish with 12 points and Grant wound up with 10 points and nine rebounds. USM had a dominating 56-29 margin on the boards.
Three players scored in double figures for the Panthers; junior Sam Monohon led the way with a season-high 14 points, while senior Michaela Galvin added 13 and junior Kellie Walsh chipped in with 11. Senior Kristin Crotts worked hard in the post and collected a team-high nine rebounds for the Panthers, who dropped to 2-14 overall and 0-8 in the LEC.
The upset-minded Panthers were in the game most of the first half. PSU led 14-13 six minutes into the contest, and it was tied 17-all with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Huskies started to pull away but the home team was still within six points (29-23) with five minutes on the clock. PSU freshman Kristen Hrubowchak drained a three-pointer late in the half, and Southern Maine took a 35-26 margin into the break.
Walsh hit a three-pointer for PSU to start the second half and cut the deficit to six, but USM rattled off 12 unanswered points, including a pair of three-pointers by Garland, to push the lead up to 18 points. PSU got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Both teams play LEC home games on Saturday, PSU hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and USM entertaining Western Connecticut State University.
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