Conant paces Panthers in LEC loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) scored a game-high 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting, but the University of Southern Maine topped Plymouth State University, 76-48, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
The Huskies have won eight of ten to even their record at 8-8 (5-1 LEC) while the Panthers drop to 5-11 and 1-5 in conference play.
USM led wire-to-wire, opening the game with a 7-0 run. Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) scored two of her ten points to stop the streak and freshman Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) added an interior bucket to make it 9-4 midway through the first quarter. Southern Maine closed the quarter with a 10-5 run, though, to take a 19-9 lead into the second quarter.
Junior Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine) scored two of her team-high 17 points to push the Huskies' lead to 21-9 and USM extended the lead to 16, 30-14, with just under five minutes to play in the half. Conant scored four straight points but USM hit from beyond the arc on three straight possessions to keep the Panthers at bay. Junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) connected from the charity stripe to make it 39-23 at the half.
The visitors extended the lead in the third quarter and PSU was unable to mount a comeback.
Conant topped the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season and added five rebounds to her stat sheet. Emerson finished with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while junior Emily Brochu (Lewiston, Maine) matched a career-high with seven points off the bench.
Eells led a trio of Huskies in double figures, as freshman Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) and junior Seve Deery-DeRaps (Rangeley, Maine) finished with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The Panthers take to the road on Saturday when they face league-leading UMass Dartmouth for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
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