PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) scored a game-high 16 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Rhode Island College Anchormen 57-50 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center.
The win is the second straight for Southern Maine, which improves to 5-18 overall, and 4-8 in the conference. RIC falls to 5-17 overall and 2-10 in the conference.
Srolovitz had 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal to pace USM. Junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) added 11 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) added 10 points, a shared team-high eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) added six points and matched Eells on the boards with eight to share team-high honors.
Junior Jessa Rubera (Newton, Mass./Newton South) led RIC with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Senior Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) tossed in 13 points and had five rebounds and two assists, while freshman Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, R.I./Olavo Moniz) chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots off of the bench.
RIC started the game hot and grabbed a quick 5-0 advantage on three from Moore and a layup from freshman Jordyn Gauvin (Fall River, Mass./Durfee), but USM rallied to take the quarter 16-13, as Srolovitz scored seven of her game-high 16 in the opening 10 minutes. With scoring at a premium in the second quarter, USM outscored the Anchormen 11-10 and headed into the half time break leading RIC by just four points 27-23.
Southern Maine took a commanding 12-point lead with an 8-0 run, led by five points from Eells, in the opening five minutes of the second half to jump ahead of RIC 35-23 with 5:36 to play in the third. However, RIC responded with a 13-3 run to make it a one-possession game, 38-36, with 1:35 left in the third. Rubera scored six points in the run for the Anchormen. With its lead evaporating, USM went to Srolovitz and she delivered sinking a traditional three-point play with a layup and a free throw on the Huskies next possession for a 41-36 Husky lead with just over a minute to play. Livramento scored the final basket of the quarter, as USM led 41-38 heading into the fourth.
The game remained closely played in the final quarter, and a pair of Livramento free throw had RIC down by a single point, 49-48, with 2:24 remaining in regulation. The Huskies again got a big response play, this time from Nicely with the hoop and the harm on a baseline drive to give USM a 52-48 cushion. Nicely's traditional three-point play ignited a pivotal 6-0 spurt for the Huskies to give them a 55-48 advantage with 33 seconds on the clock. RIC added an offensive rebound and a put back from Fatima McDonald in the closing seconds to make it 55-50, but Eells made 2-of-4 free throws down the stretch for the 57-50 final.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at Plymouth State for a Little East Conference game. Rhode Island College travels to Tufts on Monday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.
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