21 Little East Conference Championships

Curley, Harris Lead Southern Maine Over Bates 62-49

Junior Kristen Curley
Junior Kristen Curley

 

GORHAM, Maine  –  Junior Kristen Curley (Gorham, Maine) and sophomore Victoria Harris (Altus, Okla./Lewiston) combined to score 34 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 62-49 win over the Bates College Bobcats in a non-conference women's basketball tilt Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium. 

         Curley led all scorers with 19 points adding five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot, while Harris notched her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a blocked shot as USM improved to 4-3 overall, snapping a two-game slide. 

         Bates' Meghan Graff had 11 points, four rebounds and two assists to lead the Bobcats.  Julia Middlebrook tossed in nine points, while Jenna Berens added eight points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Entering the game with a two-game win streak, Bates drops to 2-3 overall. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  •  With both teams struggling to find their shot at the outset of the game, Bates led early 5-2 on a threee from Graff at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter.  It was the last and largest lead of the game however for Bates as USM closed the quarter on a 14-5 run to head into the second up 16-10.  USM sophomore Michele Rowe (Gorham, Maine) scored all five of her points in the run, including a three.   
  • .  USM outscored Bates 19-9 in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-19 lead into the halftime break.  The Huskies held the Bobcats to just four field goals in the quarter. Curley had six of her 19 in the quarter, while junior Morgan Eliasen (Lewiston, Maine) added five.  
  • Led by nine points from Middlebrook, Bates cut into the Huskies lead with a 19-13 third quarter to trail 48-38 headed into the fourth.  The Bobcats were down by 17, 46-29, with 3:05 to play in the frame following a layup from Eliasen before closing the quarter on a 9-2 run. Three different Bobcats scored in the run led by Middlebrook's five points, including a three in Bates' last possession. 
  • Five straight points from Curley to start the fourth put USM back in the driver's seat of the game as the Huskies' 5-9 guard hit back-to-back buckets including a hoop-and-the-hard to put her team up 53-38 with 8:54 to play. 
  • Bates pulled to within 10 of USM three more times in the fourth, but each time the Huskies responded with a timely score.  With the score at 57-47 in favor of the Huskies with 4:50 to play, USM senior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) connected on a jumper in the paint from a Curley assist and was fouled on the play to restore a 13-point margin, 60-47, and the Bobcats never got any closer.  

INSIDE THE HUSKY STATS

  •   Harris' double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) is her second consecutive and her fourth of the season and career.  
  •  Luckhardt finished with seven points, four rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals in a solid all-around effort. With 192 career assists and 196 career steals, Luckhardt is closing in on 200 in each category. 
  • Curley has 721 career points. She has scored in double-figures in four of the Huskies seven games. Her 2019-2020 season-high is 20 points. 

UP NEXT

         Southern Maine is off for the Thanksgiving holiday but returns to action on Sunday (5:30 pm) at in-state rival St. Joseph's College for a non-conference game.    

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