GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) had a career-night with 24 points and 14 rebounds as the University of Southern Maine Huskies dropped a close 74-72 decision to the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference women's basketball match up Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
Sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnson, R.I.) led the Corsairs with 21 points, six rebound and five assists as the Corsairs improve to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine drops its second straight to stand at 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the LEC.
Junior Abi Ramirez (Portland, Maine) and senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) ach hit double-digits in scoring for USM. Ramirez had a USM career-best 14 points, adding six rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Luckhardt had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Sophomore Shaelyn Carreiro (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) added 18 points and five rebounds for the Corsairs, while senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass./Fairhaven) added 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals but suffered from seven turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After a tightly played first quarter, with just 19 points scored between both teams, the second quarter opened up offensively with the Corsairs outscoring USM 26-22. Moretti had 12 of her 21 in the quarter, going 3-for-3 from the field including 2-for-2 from three. Harris had seven of her 24 in the frame for the Huskies. UMD led USM at the half, 37-30.
- The Corsairs gained a 15-point lead, 29-14, in the opening five minutes of the second quarter on the heels of an 18-6 run led by six points from Moretti. USM closed the game in the second five minutes of the quarter outscoring the Corsairs 16-8 led by seven points from Harris.
- In the third, USM continued to chip away at the Corsair advantage and pulled to within a possession, 48-45, with 2:59 to play on a pair of free throws from junior Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine). Curley finished the game with eight points. UMD responded, however, with the final three points of the quarter to lead 54-45 headed into the fourth.
- The teams traded baskets in the fourth and the Corsairs led by 10, 68-58, with 2:19 to play on a layup from Carreiro before USM made its final push. Down double digits, USM scored six straight points on a floater from freshman Samantha Averill (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and back-to-back buckets from Luckhardt to trail 70-64.
- Two free throws from Moretti on the Corsairs next possession stymied the Husky run, but USM rattled off another six straight from Harris, Ramirez and Luckhardt. Down 72-70 with nine seconds to play, the Huskies nearly earned a five second call, but were forced to foul. UMD made its final two free throws of the game, and USM scored on its final possession for the 74-72 final.
INSIDE THE HUSKY STATS:
- Harris' 24-point, 14-rebound double is the third of the season and her career. Both are career-high efforts. She was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
- With three steals in today's game, Luckhardt is six steals away from 200 in her career.
- Curley recorded her 700th career point in the game and her 100th career steal.
Southern Maine hosts non-conference opponent Bates College on Tuesday (5:30 pm).