Panthers drop Little East game to Huskies
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) scored a season-best 18 points and grabbed six rebounds Tuesday night to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 68-31 Little East Conference women's basketball win over the Plymouth State University Panthers at Hill Gym.
Pelletier was 6-for-7 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line as the Huskies shot 46.6 percent from the field for the game. Pelletier added three steals, two blocked shots and an assist. Sophomore Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine) added 14 points on a 7-for-10 effort from the field, matching Pelletier with six rebounds and adding three assists. Seniors Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Mariah Callender (Portland, Maine) each chipped in with seven points.
Freshman Savannah Miller (Smithtown, N.Y.) and senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) led the Panthers with six points each as the Huskies held Plymouth State to a 22.6 percent (12-for-53) shooting performance. Miller also had five steals for the Panthers.
Ahead by six, 17-11, Southern Maine outscored the Panthers 18-9 over the final 10 minutes of the opening half. The Huskies moved the ball well during the run as six different players factored in the run, led by six points from Pelletier for a 35-20 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Huskies clamped down defensively and opened on a 15-2 spurt in the first five minutes to blow open the game. Pelletier scored six points in the run, while McNamara scored five of her seven points on a layup and a three as USM led 50-22 with 15:16 to play.
A layup from Panther junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) halted the Huskies' scoring for a 50-24 USM lead with 14:58 on the clock, but it was the Panthers' last field goal until the 9:41 mark. USM allowed the Panthers just four field goals and three free throws for a total of 11 points in the second half.
Southern Maine travels to Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.), while Plymouth State visits UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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