Southern Maine pulls away from PSU Women’s Basketball in second half

Southern Maine pulls away from PSU Women’s Basketball in second half

Conant leads Panthers on Senior Day 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) posted a game-high 24 points and added eight rebounds, but a big second half led the University of Southern Maine over Plymouth State University, 91-66, in a Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Senior Day Wednesday night.

            The teams battled back-and-forth in a see-saw first half. PSU took a 22-19 lead after the first ten minutes thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.), and classmate Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) got an offensive rebound and put back in the final seconds of the second quarter to knot the game at 38-38 at the half.

            Southern Maine used a 20-2 run over a five minute span in the third quarter to take control. PSU finished the third quarter with a flurry, but a three-pointer at the buzzer gave the visitors a 63-52 lead heading into the fourth quarter and the Huskies would maintain a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the game.

            Prior to the game Plymouth State honored its five seniors in an on-court ceremony; Conant, Morrill, Emerson, Liz Shepple (Bolton, Mass.) and Kialah Reeder (Enfield, N.H.).

            PSU wraps up the season with a 10-14 record, the most wins in nine years, and a 4-12 mark in LEC play. Southern Maine improves to 14-10 and 10-5 in league play.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 66, Southern Maine 91


            Plymouth State (10-14, 4-12 LEC)

            Southern Maine (14-10, 10-5 LEC)


            How it Happened:

            * Southern Maine opened the game with a bang as sophomore Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) and junior Kristina Blais (Lewiston, Maine) sank back-to-back threes and moments later an offensive rebound and put back from senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt.) gave the visitors a 10-2 lead.

            * PSU answered with seven straight points, capped by an old-fashioned three-point play from Conant, to pull within one, but Howrigan answered from beyond the arc for the Huskies.

            * Junior Chenysse Hill (Lynn, Mass.) and Conant got to the basket on consecutive possessions as the Panthers pulled in front, 15-14, with 2:22 left in the first.

            * Freshman Brooke Beaudet (Gilford, N.H.) sank a three to give PSU a 20-16 lead and, after USM answered from distance, Morrill beat the buzzer to give the Panthers a 22-19 lead after one.

            * Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Que.) hit from downtown to tie the game, but Plymouth State went right back in front and a three from junior Brittany Roche (Londonderry, N.H.) gave the Panthers a 29-24 lead after 2:28.

            * The Huskies responded with a 9-0 run and the visitors led 38-34 with 1:21 left, but PSU closed the half with baskets from Morrill and Emerson to knot the score at 38-38.

            * Morrill and Conant hit to five PSU a 42-38 lead after one minute, but USM answered with the game-changing run. Beaudet nailed back-to-back triples to stop the run and sophomore Elizabeth McLaughlin (Melvin Village, N.H.) sank a jumper as PSU closed the margin to 60-52, but a three at the buzzer gave USM a 63-52 lead heading into the final ten minutes.

            * The visitors opened the fourth with an 8-2 spurt and maintained the lead throughout.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Conant finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Beaudet sank four triples to finish with 12 points in 17 minutes.

            * Morrill added 11 points and seven assists, and Emerson chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

            * Srolovitz and Blais led the Huskies with 16 points apiece, with junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt.) adding 13 and 10, respectively.

            * Plymouth State wraps up the season with the most wins since the 2009-10 season.

            * Conant ends her career with 909 points to finish 15th on the program's all-time scoring leaders chart, while Emerson's 614 career points are the 38th most all-time.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "The past four years with this senior class has been a tremendous ride," said head coach Allison Flynn. "They really have been great role models for the underclassmen and they're going to be missed tremendously. There was a fight with our senior class that wanted to be the best team that has been here the last few years. We really cared for each other, making the extra pass, being excited when a teammate does something well, picking a teammate up – that came naturally to them and you don't find that everywhere."



PSU seniors with their families


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