BANGOR, Maine – Senior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) scored a career-best 22 points but it was not enough as the University of Southern Maine Huskies fell to the Husson University Eagles in a non-conference women's basketball game Wednesday night.
With the win, Husson improves to 4-5 on the season. USM drops its first game in 2018, and suffers its first loss in the last six games to stand at 5-7 overall.
The Huskies struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 26.7 percent from the field while committing an uncharacteristic 12 first-half turnovers, to trail the Eagles 32-23 at the break. The Huskies battled back in the opening three minutes of the third quarter, outscoring Husson 9-2 to trail by a bucket 34-32 on a layup from sophomore Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt). The Huskies tied the score up with 5:14 to play in the third on a jumper from junior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School), and took the lead 43-40 with 3:38 left in the quarter on a tradition three-point play from freshman Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine), but Husson outpaced the Huskies 14-2 in the final minutes to secure a 54-43 lead headed to the fourth. Husson's Sammi Ireland scored five of the Eagles' points in the pivotal run.
In the fourth, USM kept pace with the Eagles, but was unable to put together a large enough run to make a come-back attempt. The Huskies trailed 67-57 with three minutes left in the game on a three from Nicholson, and trailed by 10 again, 73-63, with just over a minute to play on a three from Srolovitz, but Husson responded to each push with free throws down the stretch.
Nicholson was 8-for-13 from the field for her career-high 22 points, adding five rebounds, and three assists. Curley had 19 points finishing the game 5-for-12 from the field after a 1-for-7 effort in the first half. Curley had four rebounds, and two assists. Srolovitz and junior Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) each had sven points, while Eells had five points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Husson's Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Ireland finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to post a double-double, while Emma Alley tossed in 11 points.
The Huskies finished the game shooting just 36.8 percent (21-for-57) from the field, and committing 22 turnovers. Husson shot 42.4 percent (28-for-66) from the floor, matching USM with 22 turnovers, but had a distinct 50-32 lead in rebounds.
Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (1:00 pm) when it travels to UMass Dartmouth.
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