January 17, 2012

Women's Basketball Falls to Southern Maine in Conference Action

BOSTON, Mass. – With four of the starting five finishing with 10 or more points the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine (12-4, 4-2 Little East) defeated women's basketball (5-11, 2-4 Little East) by the final score of 83-60 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center.

The four starters combined for 54 of the Huskies 83 points Tuesday evening.  Leading Southern Maine was Courtney Cochran, who had 17 points on the night.  She also finished with a game-high nine rebounds.  Going into Tuesday's match-up Cochran ranked first in the Little East in both points per game and rebounds per game.

Nicole Garland added 14 points, while Haley Jordan finished with 13 and Erin McNamara with 10.  As a team, the Huskies shot 50.8% (32-for-63) from the field, and 50% (9-for-18) from behind the arc.  At the line they shot 58.8% (10-for-17).

UMass Boston had three of their starting five finished in double-figures, with freshman Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) scoring a team-best 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, which included five 3-pointers.  Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) was second on the team with her 15 points, and also managed nine rebounds and two blocks.  Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) posted 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

A marjority of the Huskies points were scored in the paint as they looked to Cochran and Abby Hasson to score the lay-ups.  When they couldn't turn to their two bigs, the Huskies would use the long ball to add to their lead with five different players scoring from 3-point range.  Garland was responsible for three of the Huskies nine 3-pointers.

On the glass, Southern Maine held a 45-37 advantage.  Both teams possessed the ball fairly well in the game, with the Beacons turning the ball over just 13 times, which is the second lowest total this season.  Southern Maine combined for 14 turnovers in the win, with the Beacons earning 11 steals in the process.

After a back and forth first five minutes, Southern Maine was able to build a slim lead following an 8-0 run, which made 18-9.  The Beacons then chopped that lead to four after Pina nailed a lay-up and Morrison converted on and-1 to make 18-14 with just over 11 minutes left in the first. 

Unfortunately, Southern Maine would put together another run and quickly extend their lead to double figures over the last 10 minutes of play.  Despite the score, the second half proved to be a much more consistent half for the Beacons.  With both teams making shots the Huskies were able to maintain a solid lead over UMass Boston throughout the final 20 minutes of play.

Women's basketball returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Western Connecticut State University for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference game.