DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) and senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) combined for 37 points to lead the University of Southenr Maine Huskies to a 73-62 win over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.
With the win, Southern Maine stands at 9-9 overall and 4-5 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies are 2-0 against the Colonials this season. Western Connecticut drops to 6-12 overall and 1-8 in the LEC.
Harris led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field, adding eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Luckhardt turned in a solid all-around game shooting an outstanding 7-for-9 from the field for 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sophomore Michelle Rowe (Gorham, Maine) added nine points, while junior Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) had a team-high 10 rebounds adding five assists, four points and a steal. Juniors Abi Ramirez (Portland, Maine) and Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) each had seven points. Curley had four boards and two assists, while Ramirez had five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Genesis Torres led the Colonials with 14 points, knocking down 4-of-8 from three-point range to go along with five rebounds and three steals. Susana Almeida added 11 points and five rebounds. Lola Herman had nine points off of the bench, while Jessica Davis tossed in eight points, five rebounds and four steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Luckhardt and Curley combined for 11 of the Huskies' 22 first quarter points to keep pace with the Colonials as both teams started the second frame knotted up at 22. USM shot 62.5 percent (10-for-16) from the field in the first, while WCUS shot 42.1 percent (8-for-19), but converted three three-pointers and three free throws to stay even. Torres had eight of her 14 in the first.
- The Huskies took a 41-28 lead into the halftime break thanks to a big second quarter effort. USM outscored WCSU 19-6 in the second led by four points each from Ramirz, Luckhardt and Harris. Defensively, the Huskies limited the Colonials to just three second quarter field goals (3-for-12, 25 percent) and forced WCSU into seven turnovers. USM was 7-for-14 from the field in the second.
- WCSU outscored USM 23-20 in the third led by six points from Torres and five from Herman. Luckhardt had seven points on 3-for-3 shooting, including a three to pace USM in the third, but the Colonials got hot from three-point range making 5-of-11 to trim three points of its deficit to trail the Huskies 61-51 headed into the fourth.
- The Colonials pulled two within five of the Huskies, 56-51, late in the third on a pair of free throws from Davis, but USM closed the quarter on a 5-0 run in the final 1:30. Eliasen created both scoring chances for the Huskies dishing out assists to Luckhart and Ramirez for layups in the final 90 seconds, while Ramirez made 1-of-2 free throws in USM's final possession of the third.
- Curley and Harris combined for a 6-1 run to open the fourth and give USM a solid 67-52 advantage with 7:37 to play in the game, and WCSU never got closer than nine until the final minute of the game as the Huskies closed the game for a 73-62 win.
INSIDE THE HUSKY STATS
- With her 17 points in today's contest, Luckhardt now has 701 in her career in 75 games played. The 5-5 guard additionally has 378 rebounds, 230 assists and 223 steals in her career. Her 223 assists are two shy of moving into the Huskies' top 10.
- Curley has 811 points in her career (69 games).
- Harris' 20-point effort marked the 11th time she has scored in double-digits this season. She has 436 career points (45 games), and is shooting 46.3 percent from the field for her career.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston on Wednesday (5:30 pm) in a Little East Conference game. Southern Maine will be celebrating its annual Town of Gorham Night and will feature halftime scrimmages from the Gorham Recreation Third and Fourth Grade teams, and in-game raffles and prizes. The first 100 fans through the gate will receive a free piece of Husky memorabilia.