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#9 Southern Maine downs PSU Women’s Basketball

Panthers bounced from Little East Tournament

            GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) scored 14 points to lead the ninth-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 63-31 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Little East Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

            With the win, the Huskies – the top-seed in the LEC tourney – improve to 25-1 and advance to the semifinals and earn the right to host the Little East Conference semifinals and championship games on February 22-23.  It marks the 15th time that USM has hosted the conference's final four.  USM will face fifth-seeded Rhode Island College on Friday (5:30 p.m.).  RIC defeated fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut 66-54.  The loss concludes Plymouth State's season.

            Jordan was 5-for-12 from the field and 4-for-8 from three-point range to lead USM.  Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) added nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from three, while freshman Jillian Madden (North Andover, Mass.) tossed in eight points off of the bench.  Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

            Junior guard Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H./Merrimack Valley) led the Panthers with seven points.  Freshman forward Bry Bennett (Lancaster, N.H./Merrimack Valley) and freshman forward Hannah Andry (Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep) each scored six points. Bennett added a team-high six rebounds.

            The Huskies overcame a sluggish first half shooting percentage with solid defensive play limiting the Panthers to just four first half field goals and eight points to take a commanding 31-8 lead at the break.  The Huskies scored the first 17 points of the game and held the Panthers scoreless until the 10:12 mark on the clock, when senior forward Katie Seraikas (Concord, N.H./Bow) knocked down a jumper to trail 17-2. 

            The 15-point deficit was as close as the Panthers would get to the Huskies the rest of the game, as USM scored the next 10 points of the game to lead 27-2 with 3:44 on the clock.  Garland and junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) led the Huskies with six points each in the opening stanza.

            In the second half, USM opened with an 8-0 run on a three from Jordan, a layup from Knight and a three from Garland to lead 39-8 in the opening two minutes and Plymouth State never got closer than 27 points, 39-12, with 15:57 on the clock as the Huskies rolled into the LEC semifinals. 

(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information) 

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