PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) scored four of her 10 points as part of a key 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter as the Plymouth State University Panthers held off the University of Southern Maine Huskies 59-51 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Thursday night at Foley Gymnasium.
With the win, Plymouth State improves to 7-16 overall and 4-9 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine has its two-game win streak halted with the loss, dropping its record to 5-19 overall and 4-9 in the conference.
Schmidt was 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line to finish as one of three Panthers in double figures, adding 11 rebounds for the double-double. Senior Kayla Wyland (Melrose, Mass.) led PSU with 13 points and five rebounds, while senior DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) added 12 points.
Southern Maine freshman Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a career-high 19 points to lead all scorers. Luckhardt was 6-of-13 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line, adding six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Freshman Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) added 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Sophomore Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) added nine points.
Trailing by 10, 36-26, in the third quarter, Southern Maine rallied to make it a two-possession game headed into the fourth. After a layup from PSU made it a 10-point deficit for the Huskies, USM closed out the quarter on an 11-5 run to trail 41-37. Luckhardt had four of the Huskies' points in the run.
PSU started the fourth on a 4-0 run, on two free throws from Wyland and a jumper from sophomore Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.), before Luckhardt and Srolovitz combined for six unanswered point to make it a one-possession game as the Huskies trailed 45-43 with 6:24 to play. Luckhardt started the scoring spurt with a traditional three-point play, and Srolovitz followed with a three-pointer. With the Panthers' lead trimmed to two points, Schmidt collected an offensive rebound and scored the put back, and Lawrence hit a three to make it a 50-43 lead with 4:38 to go. Schmidt then collected another offensive rebound and was fouled making two free throws for a quick 7-0 wins and a 52-43 PSU lead with 3:46 on the clock.
USM continued to fight and cut its deficit to 54-49 on layups from Luckhardt and Eells and two free throw from junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) with about a minute left in regulation, but the Panthers closed the game out on the line making 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch for the 59-51 win.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Plymouth State hosts Western Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Both games are Little East Conference contests.
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