Corliss and Seraikas hit double digits for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) hit five three-pointers to finish with a team-high 15 points Wednesday evening as the University of Southern Maine ran past Plymouth State University, 81-39, in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The win solidified the Little East regular season title for the Huskies, their 21st overall and first since 2008. Ranked 15th in this week's USA Today Division III national poll, USM won its fifth straight game to improve to 23-1 overall and 12-1 in the LEC.
Garland led a balanced scoring attack for the Huskies, as four players scored in double figures and 12 got into the scoring column. Sophomore Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine) contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, classmate Abby Hasson (South Portland, Maine) chipped in with 11 points off the bench on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, and senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) added 10 points.
Junior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H./Merrimack Valley) led all scorers with 17 points for Plymouth State, connecting on 7-of-13 shots from the field. Senior Katie Seraikas (Concord, N.H.) added 10 points and seven rebounds off the Panther bench.
Despite getting off to a slow start, PSU hung with the powerful Huskies for the first 10 minutes. Corliss hit a traditional three-point play and Seraikas drained a three-pointer from long range and the Panthers trailed by just two points (14-12) at the midway point of the first half.
USM came alive, and went on a 20-1 run over the next six minutes. Junior Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.), sophomore Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) and Garland made consecutive three-pointers to spur the Husky rally.
PSU stopped the bleeding and outscored the Huskies 7-1 over the final four minutes of the first half, with freshman Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) making four free throws and junior Meghan Faretra (Bow, N.H.) added a three, and the teams went to the locker room with USM up, 35-20.
The Huskies opened the second half with a 22-4 burst, including a pair of threes from Garland, before coasting to the win the rest of the way. Garland upped her career total to 206 three-point field goals, one shy of the school record held by Kaylie DeMillo (207 from 2007-11).
Both teams wrap up the regular season with "Senior Day" conference home games on Saturday. The Huskies return home to host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the Panthers entertain Western Connecticut State University.
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