Wyland leads Panthers in LEC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – All 11 of the Huskies who entered the game Wednesday evening scored as the University of Southern Maine rolled to a 66-42 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Foley Gym.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 6-2 in the Little East and 11-7 overall. The loss is the sixth straight for the Panthers who fall to 6-12 overall and 0-8 in the LEC.
Senior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine) led a balanced Southern Maine offense with a game-high 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Ramonas added six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Seniors Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine) and Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) each scored nine points. Sophomore Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine) had eight points and five rebounds off of the bench, and freshman Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt.) had six points and three rebounds.
Junior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) led Plymouth State with 11 points and five rebounds. Senior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and junior Ace Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) each added seven points, while junior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) had a game-high nine rebounds.
Leading 6-5 after the first four minutes of the game, Southern Maine closed out the first quarter on a 16-7 run to take a 22-12 lead heading into the second quarter. Anderson scored eight of her nine points in the run to give the Huskies a comfortable lead.
In a closely played second quarter, USM came out on top and held a 34-22 lead at the half. PSU trimmed the Huskies' lead to eight points, 24-16, with 6:18 left to play in the quarter on a layup from Wyland, but Southern Maine received an offensive spark from sophomore Kristie McNall (Wakefield, Mass.). After Wyland's bucket, McNall scored five unanswered points on a three and a layup for a 29-16 Huskies' advantage.
USM remained in front of the Panthers comfortably in the third, leading 39-29 with 3:23 left in the frame, before blowing open the game with an 11-1 run to close the third. Ramonas scored 10 of the 11 points in the run including a pair of traditional three-point players and a three-pointer as USM lead 50-31 heading into the fourth.
The Huskies' continued to click offensively and grabbed their largest lead, 59-32, on a three from senior Jill Madden (North Andover, Mass.) with 6:40 left in the game. From there, Southern Maine cruised to the 66-42 victory.
Southern Maine hosts Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game. Plymouth State hosts UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in the LEC.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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