GORHAM, Maine – Alexis Quenneville, Brooke Raiche and Elise Magro combined to score 52 points to lead the Castleton University Spartans to a 75-65 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Castleton improves to 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine dips to 10-14 overall and 5-10 in the LEC.
Castleton shot 47.1 percent (24-for-51) from the field for the game, and sank 23-of-29 free throws to earn the win. The Spartans were 15-for-20 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Southern Maine sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) had 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Huskies. Junior Abi Ramirez (Portland, Maine) added 15 points, four rebounds and two assists. Senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Huskies finished the game shooting 37.5 percent (21-for-56) from the field and 79.2 percent from the free throw line (19-for-24). Harris was 11-for-14 from the free throw line and 6-for-9 from the floor. Ramirez was 5-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Castleton used a 7-2 run in the final three minutes of the first quarter to take a 15-10 lead over USM headed into the second quarter. Magro scored four of the Spartans' seven points, while Julie Lee capped the run with a three-pointer. Harris had six of the Huskies 10 points in the frame.
- Castleton's Raiche and Magro combined to score 13 of their team's 21 second quarter points as CU won the quarter 21-14 for a 36-24 lead at the break. Harris again had six points to lead USM, which shot 80 percent (4-for-5) from the field in the quarter but turned the ball over nine times.
- Ramirez scored nine of her 15 in the third quarter for the Huskies as Southern Maine trailed Castleton 53-43 headed into the fourth.
- USM surged in the fourth, cutting its deficit to four points, 53-49, in the opening minutes of the fourth. One of two free throws from Harris, a transition three from Luckhardt after a steal and an assist from Samantha Averill and a steal and a layup again from Luckhardt gave USM a 6-0 run.
- After the fourth quarter's opening surge, the game went back-and-fourth. Down 59-51 with 6:05 to play, Luckhardt hit two free throws and rookie Megan King (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) made a three to pull the Huskies to within two possessions, 61-56, with 4:22 to play. It was as close as USM would get the rest of the way, however, as Castleton closed the game at the free throw line making 11-of-14.
Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action and travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 pm).