FARMINGTON, Maine – Senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) had a game and team-high 19 points and added five steals, four rebounds and two steals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 66-54 win over the Thomas College Terriers Friday night at UMaine Farmington's Dearborn Gymnasium in the opening game of the 2019 UMF Tip Off Tournament.
Southern Maine led the contest 50-26 headed into the fourth quarter, and took its largest lead of the game, 27 points, at 55-28 with 8:24 to play in the game before the Huskies' emptied their bench and Thomas rattled off a 26-11 run to close the game for the 66-54 final. With the win, Southern Maine improves to 2-1 overall. Thomas drops to 0-3 with the loss. Both teams will be back in action on Saturday.
Luckhardt was the only Husky in double figures as none of USM's starters registered more than 23 minutes of playing time, and 13 different players registered points for Southern Maine. Freshman Samantha Averill (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) came off the bench for a career-best seven points in 11 minutes of action shooting 3-for-4 from the field with four rebounds. Junior Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) had six points, six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Huskies' shot 49 percent (14-for-30) from the field in the first half to take a strong 34-17 lead at the break. Luckhardt had 11 of her 19 in the first half, while sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla.) and junior Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) each had five points.
- Southern Maine held the Terriers to two field goals in the opening quarter and six in the first half (6-for-26), and forced TC into 14 first half turnovers.
- Eliasen scored all six of her points in the third quarter for USM, and Luckhardt added five more before both exited the game with their team comfortably ahead 50-26.
- Averill scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter. USM shot just 33.3 percent (4-for-12) in the fourth and committed six turnovers.
- Thomas' Kaylee Ravagli and Addie Brinkman each scored eight points in the quarter as TC outscored USM 28-16 in the final frame.
- Three players scored in double-digits for TC, led by Ravagli's 17 points, which included a 5-for-8 effort from three-point range. Brinkman had 12 and Karli Stubbs tossed in 11.
INSIDE THE HUSKIES' STATS:
- Luckhardt matched her career-high with her 19 points. The 5-5 guard was 7-for-10 from the field, and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
- Shooting 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the field it is a season-high for the Huskies.
- All 15 members of the Huskies' roster saw playing time.
Southern Maine faces host University of Maine at Farmington tomorrow in the final day of the UMF Tip Off Tourney.