CASTLETON, Vermont – An ice-cold first quarter and a slow start in the first half doomed the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 67-54 loss on the road to the Castleton University Spartans Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook Gym.
With the win, Castleton earns its second straight victory and moves to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in LEC action. The Huskies drop their second in a row and are now 7-8 overall and 2-4 in conference action.
Castleton's Brooke Raiche knocked down four threes en route to a game-high 18 points. She added seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Emilee Bose had 14 points, while Kylie Wright tossed in 10 points off of the Spartan bench. Elise Magro had eight points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Southern Maine had three players in double figures led by 13 points each from senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Michelle Rowe (Gorham, Maine). Rowe led USM in rebounds with seven, including four offensive boards, while Luckhardt finishd with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Junior Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) had 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Castleton started out strong scoring the first nine points of the game and never looked back en route to the win. Conversely, Southern Maine struggled to put the ball in the net shooting just over 11 percent in the first quarter and under 30 percent for the half.
- The Huskies fell behind Castleton by 23 late in the game, but bounced back with a fourth-quarter push that include a 9-0 scoring run to bring their deficit to just ten, 58-48, on an offensive rebound and a jumper from Luckhardt with 2:41 to play.
- USM brought it to within single digits, 60-51, seconds later on a three from Rowe with 1:52 to play, but it was too little too late as the Spartans held down the stretch.
- UP NEXT:
Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State University on Wednesday (5:30 pm) in Little East Conference action.