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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:48 am

Huskies Fight Back, Down UMass Boston 52-48

BOSTON – Junior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the second half as the University of Southern Maine Huskies rallied from a 16-point deficit to earn a 52-48 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Thursday night at the Clark Athletic Gym.

The win improves the Huskies’ Little East Conference record to 5-3. USM is 9-9 overall. UMass Boston falls to 11-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

The Huskies trailed 37-21 with 14:01 remaining after UMB freshman Grace Geary (Falmouth, Mass./Quincy) drained her fourth three-pointer of the game. Facing its largest deficit of the game, Southern Maine cobbled together a 24-7 run over the next 11 minutes to grab its first lead since of the game, 45-44, with 3:31 to play.

After Geary’s three, Pelletier scored four straight points to key the Huskies. A jumper from Geary stymied the Huskies’ run momentarily, before USM rattled off nine straight points to trail 39-34 with 8:22 to go. Four different players scored for the Huskies in their 9-0 spurt, highlighted by a three from junior Jill Madden (North Andover, Mass.) off of a feed from senior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley).

Following junior Ella Ramonas’ (Portland, Maine/Deering) layup to cut the USM deficit to 39-22, both teams settled into a back-and-forth battled and the Beacons led 44-38 with 5:42 to play after a pair of free throws from Geary. The Huskies then scored seven straight points for its first lead. Junior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Acquinas) started the run with a layup before Knight grabbed a defensive board and found senior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) for a three. Knight then passed off her fifth assist of the game finding Pelletier in the paint for a 45-44 USM lead with 3:21 on the clock.

Over the next 90 seconds both teams traded missed possessions and the Beacons knotted the game up making one of two free throws for a 45-45 score with 1:58 remaining. Knight returned the lead to the Huskies on their next possession with a strong move in the paint, but the Beacons’ junior Olivia Murphy (North Reading, Mass.) sank to free throws to again tie the game at 47.

In the final minute, UMB missed on its ensuing possession and Anderson grabbed a key defensive board and was fouled. Sent to the line, Anderson calmly sank both ends of a one-and-one to put her team ahead 49-47 with 36 seconds to play. Freshman guard Kayla Stacy (Auburn, N.H./Pinkteron Academy) came up big defensively for the Huskies making a steal and converting one of two free throws for a 50-47 lead. UMB cut into the USM lead with one free throw with 15 seconds to play, but USM closed out the game when Knight fed Pelletier for the final basket of the game for a 52-48 win.

Pelletier finished the game 7-for-12 from the field, adding five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Knight added eight points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists, while Anderson had eight points. Stacy had a career-best seven rebounds off of the bench for the Huskies, adding three steals.

Geary finished with a game-high 18 points for the Beacons on 4-for-8 shooting from three-point territory, adding four assists. Murphy added a double-double 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Southern Maine hosts Keene State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up. Southern Maine will be hosting its annual “Think Pink” Day and will be selling “Think Pink” t-shirts and will have raffles and prizes in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:49 pm

Keene State Keeps Southern Maine at Bay 68-57

GORHAM, Maine – Junior Kelsey Cognetta (Stamford, Conn.) and sophomore Stephanie D’Annolfo (Tyngsborough, Mass.) each scored 14 points to lead the Keene State College Owls to a 68-57 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.

With the win, Keene State improves to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in the Little East. Southern Maine drops to 9-10 overall and 5-4 with the loss.

Cognetta, who was 2-for-11 from the field, was clutch from the free throw line. Sinking 10-of-14, overall Cognetta made nine of 11 free hrows in the final minutes of the game with the outcome in the balance. D’Annolfo was 5-for-10 from the field adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) added 11 points, while sophomore Sarah Kober (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to help KS to a 40-32 advantage on the glass.

Junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) led the Huskies with 17 points. Seniors Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) and junior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) each had 12 points. Knight had a team-high four assists, while Pelletier paced USM on the glass with eight rebounds despite missing much of the game in foul trouble.

Down 13 with 4:05 to play after one of two free throws from Cognetta, USM rallied to pull to within two possessions, 55-49, with 2:03 to play. Knight, Ramonas and Pelletier accounted for the Huskies 7-0 run. With time working against them, the Huskies were forced to foul and the Owls closed the game out at the charity stripe making 13-of-16 to earn the win and the series split on the season.

Keene State shot 37.5 percent (21-for-56) from the field for the game and a solid 71.9 percent (23-for-32) from the free throw line. Southern Maine finished the game shooting 37.8 percent (17-for-45) from the field and 79.2 percent (19-for-24) from the free throw line, but was slowed by a 22 turnovers. KSC scored 20 of its 68 points off of USM miscues.

Southern Maine heads to Colby College on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game. Keene State hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:14 am

Huskies’ Balance Earns Big LEC Road Win Over UMass Dartmouth 64-60

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a team-high 17 points to lead four players in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies earned a key Little East Conference victory over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center.

Ramonas was 5-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line to lead USM, which shot a solid 45.1 percent (23-for-51) from the field and 83.3 percent (15-for-18) from the free throw line. Junior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) added 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots despite limited action due to foul trouble. Seniors Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) and Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine) each had 10 points. Knight added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Junior Megan Ronaghan led all scorers with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting, and scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to keep the Corsairs in the game. Senior Kelsey Garrity was the only other UMD player in double-figures with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Led by Ramonas’ 11 points in the first half, USM led the Corsairs 29-21 at the halftime break. Ahead 20-19 after a UMD jumper with minutes left in the opening half, Southern Maine outscored the Corsairs 9-2 to close the stanza. Pelletier gave USM a 23-19 lead at the 3:24 mark converting a traditional three-point play, before Flood sank a pull up jumper for a 25-19 lead. A pair of free throws from Ronaghan interrupted the Huskies’ run, before Flood connected on her second straight jumper and freshman Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) closed the half with an offensive rebound and two free throws.

Flood continued her strong work in the second half, opening with a steal and a layup to extend the Huskies’ led to 31-21, but the Corsairs battled back with a 14-4 run over the next five minutes to knot the score up at 35, capped by back-to-back Ronaghan layups. Despite the run, the Huskies did not relinquish the lead responding with four points on a layup from Pelletier and two free throws from junior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) to lead 39-35 with 12:44 to play.

The game settled into a two-possession contest, and the Huskies stayed in front. After a Flood layup off of a Knight feed and a jumper from Pelletier, USM held a 54-49 lead with 4:47 to play, before the Corsairs made one final push to try and rally for the win. Following Pelletier’s layup, the Corsairs used a 7-1 run over the next two and a half minutes to snag its first lead since the five minutes mark of the first half.

With the game in the balance, Southern Maine senior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) responded with a big three pointer for her first points of the game in the Huskies’ next possession, returning the lead to 58-56. Ronaghan pulled her team even again, sinking a pair of free throws, but Pelletier and Gallagher combined for the next four points to lead 62-58 with 21 seconds to play. Pelletier converted and assist from Gallagher for her final points of the game and Gallagher hit two free throws to seal the Huskies win. Flood converted another set of free throws in the final second and Ronaghan hit an inconsequential layup with time expiring for the 64-60 final.

Southern Maine (10-11, 6-4 LEC) hosts Plymouth State on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up as part of Gorham Night with USM Athletics. Gorham Night is one of many events that USM Athletics uses to celebrate the connections between the University of Southern Maine and the Town of Gorham.

The University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting Little East Conference opponent Plymouth State University. As part of the Gorham Night celebration, the women’s game will feature a halftime performance by the third and fourth grade girls’ Gorham Recreation Department’s basketball program. The men’s game, which will follow at 7:30 p.m., will also including a halftime showcase featuring the third and fourth grade boys’ teams in the Gorham Recreation program.

Additionally, iSpoon, a local Gorham business, will be giving away some tasty treats to the first 100 fans through the gates. The USM Fan Experience Committee – a collaboration between University Student Life and the Department of Athletics – will also be serving up free popcorn and other Husky treats throughout the games. Huskies’ fans can also snag one of 100 free t-shirts and USM Huskies’ wristbands courtesy of the USM Fan Experience Committee.

The loss drops UMass Dartmouth to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the Little East.
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Re: USM basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:54 am

Huskies’ Megan Pelletier Named LEC Player of the Week

GORHAM, Maine – Junior forward Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ women’s basketball team has been named the Little East Conference Player of the Week for the week ending February 8. It is the second time this season that Pelletier has earned weekly recognition from the conference office.

Pelletier shot a solid 52.0 percent from the field over two games, averaging 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Pelletier became the 28th Southern Maine women’s basketball player to record 1000 career points, surpassing the mark in a non-conference tilt at Colby. Pelletier’s milestone points came on a driving layup for her seventh points of the game as part of a team-leading 19-point effort. In a key LEC win on the road at UMass Dartmouth this Saturday, Pelletier scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Huskies took the 64-60 win.

Pelletier is averaging 16.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game this season. The 6-2 forward is shooting 47.6 percent (117-246) from the field. Through this Saturday’s contest, Pelletier has 1025 points, 520 rebounds, 107 assists, 91 steals and 100 blocked shots.

Southern Maine (10-11, 6-4 LEC) hosts Plymouth State on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up as part of Gorham Night with USM Athletics. Gorham Night is one of many events that USM Athletics uses to celebrate the connections between the University of Southern Maine and the Town of Gorham.

The University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting Little East Conference opponent Plymouth State University. As part of the Gorham Night celebration, the women’s game will feature a halftime performance by the third and fourth grade girls’ Gorham Recreation Department’s basketball program. The men’s game, which will follow at 7:30 p.m., will also including a halftime showcase featuring the third and fourth grade boys’ teams in the Gorham Recreation program.

Additionally, iSpoon, a local Gorham business, will be giving away some tasty treats to the first 100 fans through the gates. The USM Fan Experience Committee – a collaboration between University Student Life and the Department of Athletics – will also be serving up free popcorn and other Husky treats throughout the games. Huskies’ fans can also snag one of 100 free t-shirts and USM Huskies’ wristbands courtesy of the USM Fan Experience Committee.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:00 am

Southern Maine Downs Plymouth State 52-43

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team used a strong second-half defensive effort to overcome a shaky first half start to defeat the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

With the win, Southern Maine improves to 11-11 overall and 7-4 in the Little East Conference. Plymouth State drops to 6-16 overall and remains winless in the LEC at 0-11.

Junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) led the Huskies in scoring knocking down 6-of-12 from the field for 15 points, while grabbing seven rebounds and coming up with five steals. Junior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) scored a season-high 14 points in a solid effort off of the bench, while junior forward Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) added 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) had a solid floor game for the Huskies, passing off six assists without a turnover and had a career-high nine rebounds. She added four points and two blocked shots. Senior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) matched Gallagher for team-high honors in rebounding with nine, adding six points and two assists.

Sophomore DeAsia Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) paced the Panthers with 14 points. Senior Kelley Collins (Groveton, N.H.) added eight points and nine rebounds, while senior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H./Hillsboro-Deering) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Thanks to some red-hot shooting from beyond-the-arc, the Panthers led Southern Maine 26-24 at the half. Lawrence, who scored 24 against the Huskies in their first meeting of the season, scored 12 of her 14 points in the opening half shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range. As a team, PSU was 5-for-7 from the three in the first half. Lawrence’s second three of the half, at the 1:39 mark, had the Panthers ahead 26-19, but USM was able to close the game in the final seconds as Anderson scored five unanswered points on a fantastic feed from Ramonas and a three.

The Huskies grabbed the lead five minutes into the second half on a jumper from Ramonas at the 15:34 mark, but the contest remained close. With made baskets at a premium for both sides, a layup from Ramonas made it a 31-28 lead with 12:24 to play, but PSU answered right back to tie the score on a three from junior Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.).

Over the next several minutes, the Huskies never trailed but could not pull away from the Panthers. A pair of free throws from Collins made it 38-38 secured the sixth tie score of the game, before the Huskies put together a run. After Collins’ free throws, Anderson drained a three to return the lead to USM and they did not relinquish it the rest of the way. The Huskies remained in front by three, 46-43, with 3:32 to play after another Collins’ free throw, before closing out the game on a 7-0 run to secure the win.
Southern Maine travels to Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a LEC contest. PSU travels to UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:34 pm

Southern Maine Fights Off Rhode Island College 55-51

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) scored 14 of her team-high 16 points and classmate Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) scored nine of her 11 points in the second half as the University of Southern Maine Huskies overcame a tough-shooting night to pull out a 55-51 win over the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

The win is the third straight for the Huskies who improve to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the Little East. The Huskies are now tied for second place in the Little East. Rhode Island College falls to 6-17 with the loss and 4-8 in the conference.

Held to just six points in the first 13 minutes of the game after shooting just 3-for-10 from the field and 0-for-4 from the free throw line while committing six turnovers, Southern Maine trailed RIC 11-6 with 7:21 to play in the half. After an RIC timeout, Knight came up with a steal and junior forward Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) finished an assist from Gallagher to ignite a 14-5 run for the Huskies that was capped by a three-pointer from junior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas). Ramonas scored seven points in USM’s half-closing run to put her team ahead 20-16 at the break.

RIC scored the first four points of the second half on layups from sophomore Jessica Patalano (Exeter, R.I./Exeter-West Greenwich) and freshman Jess Korzec (West Brookfield, Mass./Quaboag Regional) to quickly knot the score up at 20-20. Anderson and RIC junior Devin Hill (Danielson, Conn./Killingly) traded three-pointers of the next two possessions and the game remained tied at 23 with 16:58 to play, before the Huskies strung together a game-changing 12-0 run to assume control.

Knight was instrumental in the Huskies’ run, scoring the first six points and eight of her team’s 12, while Ramonas added four. The Huskies’ led 35-23 following Knight’s jumper at the 11:37 mark, before Hill connected on a jumper to trim the RIC deficit to 35-25 with 10:28 on the cloc to halt a nearly six-minute scoreless span.

USM answered Hill’s jumper with a 5-2 spurt and led by 12, 40-28, after a pair of free throws from Gallagher at the 8:06 mark before RIC made a push for a rally. Following Gallagher’s free throws, RIC scored 10 unanswered points to pull to within a basket of USM. Hill scored the first four of RIC’s points, while sophomore Alex Moore (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) notched the final four to trail the Huskies 40-38 with 5:34 to play.

With the game in flux, Gallagher hit a clutch three in the Huskies’ next possession and then sank a pair of free throws to make it a 45-38 game in favor of USM with 4:44 to play. The Huskies’ kept it a two-possession game over the next several minutes and led 51-44 with 55 seconds to play on a pair of Ramonas free throws, before RIC again made a push. Korzec answered Ramonas’ free throws and RIC forced to USM turnovers and then hit two free throws of its own to trail by three with 24 second to play. Forced to foul, RIC put Knight on the line with the Huskies clinging to a 51-48 lead. Knight knocked down both free throws, which proved to be pivotal, as Moore drained a three on RIC’s next possession for a 53-51 USM lead with 13 seconds to play. Trying to force overtime, RIC then put Gallagher on the line and she hit two of two for the 55-51 final.

Knight was 5-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line to lead USM, adding seven rebounds and two steals. Ramonas was 4-for-9 and 6-for-10 from the charity stripe with a team-high nine rebounds, adding two assists and four steals. Gallagher added five assists and four rebounds to compliment her 11 points. Anderson finished with eight points off of the bench, chipping in with three rebounds and two steals.

Southern Maine returns to Hill Gymnasium on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) for its final regular season home game against Little East Conference foe UMass Boston. As part of the game, the Huskies will recognize its three seniors: Rebecca Knight, Stephanie Gallagher and Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine). Rhode Island College hosts UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:28 am

UMass Boston Upends Southern Maine 62-60

GORHAM, Maine – Sophmore Taje Burston (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) went 3-for-4 from the free throw line and came up with a critical steal in the final seconds of regulation to lead the UMass Boston Beacons to a 62-60 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

The win is the first in program history for the Beacons over the Huskies, making the series record between the two schools now 67-1 in favor of USM. The Beacons are now 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the Little East. UMB’s 16 wins are a school record. USM falls to 12-12 overall and 8-5 in the LEC.

Burston finished with 10 points, four assists and two steals while playing all 40 minutes for the Beacons. Junior Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and senior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) each scored 12 points to lead the Beacons, while Murphy had a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Katie Mathieu (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) added 10 points.

Senior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) and junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) each scored 17 points a piece to lead USM. Gallagher matched her career-high in points knocking down four three-pointers. She added seven rebounds and three assists. Ramonas was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, adding seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine) and junior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) each had seven points.

Trailing 33-28 at the break, Southern Maine surged ahead of the Beacons in the second half using 19-4 run in the first eight minutes of the second half. Gallagher scored five of her 17 points in the run, while Flood scored all seven of her points to put the Huskies ahead 47-37 with 12:17 left to play.

UMass Boston responded, however, with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to pull to within a point of the Huskies 49-48 with 8:02 to play. Four different players scored for the Beacons in the run, which was capped by a layup from Murphy. Both teams exchanged a set of free throws over the next several possessions, and the Beacons remained behind the Huskies by a point, 51-50, after a pair of free throws from Mathieu. A Husky miss led to the next Beacons possession and Mathieu canned a three at the 4:24 mark to give the Beacons a 53-51 lead. Another Husky miss and Morrison added to the Beacons lead with a layup for a 55-51 UMB lead with 3:35 left on the clock.

The Beacons remained in front and led by 58-53 with just under two minutes to play before the Huskies’ Ramonas scored five straight points to knot the game up at 58-58 with 1:02 on the clock. Ramonas started the run, knocking down a pair of free throws and then converted an assist from Gallagher for the hoop and the harm.

After a UMB turnover, USM had a shot to take the lead but committed an offensive miscue itself before sending Burston to the line with 27 seconds to play. Burston made one-of-two for a 59-58 Beacon and the Huskies again had a chance to take the lead but had another costly turnover as Burston stole the ball. Sent to the line again, Burston made both and the Huskies were able to get to within one with seconds to play, but it was too little too late as Murphy closed out the game making a free throw for the 62-60 final.

Southern Maine closes out its regular season on the road at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in an LEC match up. The Little East Conference playoffs begins on Tuesday (tba).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:30 pm

Eastern Connecticut Handles Southern Maine 56-41
WILLAMANTIC, Conn. – Shannon McCourt scored 12 points to lead three players in double figures as the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 56-41 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium.
McCourt was 5-for-13 from the field to lead ECSU. Jill Ritrosky added 11 points and six rebounds, while Taylor McBride tossed in 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting with three assists.
Southern Maine freshman Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) led USM with eight points off of the bench. Nicely was 4-for-9 from the field and added a team-high eight rebounds. Seniors Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley), Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine) and freshman Marissa Macmillan (Portland, Maine/Deering) each had six points.
McBride, Ritrosky and McCourt combined for 21 of the Warriors’ 33 points in the first half as ECSU opened up a 33-21 lead at the break. In the second half, the Warriors sealed the win in the opening six minutes with a 12-4 run to open up a 45-25 lead with 14:04 to play. The Huskies trailed 56-27 with just over five minutes to play, but finished out the game on a 14-0 run for the 56-41 final.
While neither team shot well, Southern Maine converted just 28.3 percent (13-for-46) of its shots compared to 32.8 percent (19-for-58) for Eastern Connecticut. The Huskies were also hampered by 19 turnovers, while the Warriors turned the ball over just 10 times.
With the win, Eastern Connecticut stands at 17-8 overall and 10-4 in the Little East Conference. With its 10-4 record in the LEC, the Warriors earn a share of the LEC regular season title with UMass Dartmouth. With its second straight conference loss, Southern Maine stands at 12-13 overall and 8-6 in the LEC. The Huskies’ will await the official Little East Conference tournament brackets for their upcoming quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:03 pm

Little East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
No. 4 Keene State Downs No. 5 Southern Maine 63-46

KEENE, N.H. – Christan Wojtas scored a game-high 18 points to lead three players in double figures as the Keene State College Owls defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 63-46 in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Little East Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.

With the win, Keene State advances to the semifinals of the LEC tournament for the first time since the 2012 season and improves its record to 17-9. Southern Maine concludes its season at 12-14.

Wojtas scored 12 of her 18 points in the first half as the Owls opened up a commanding 30-19 lead at the break. Kelsey Cognetta added 16 points and six assists, while Sarah Kober tossed in 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Southern Maine junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) led the Huskies with 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Junior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) tossed in nine points and had six rebounds. Senior Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added eight points, four rebounds and two assists, while senior Stephanie Gallagher (York, Maine) and junior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) each scored seven points.

Keene State came out ready to shoot in the first half, connecting on a red-hot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, including four three-pointers from Wojtas. Conversely, the Huskies, despite winning the turnover battle, shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24) from the field.

Ahead by 11 at the half, the Owls offense continued to click in the opening four minutes of the second half as Wojtas drained back-to-back three-pointers as part a 9-3 run. Kober capped the run with a traditional three-point play on a layup and a free throw to give her team a commanding 39-22 lead with 16:00 remaining.

The Owls remained in front and held an 18-point, 50-22, advantage after a pair of Cognetta free throws with 9:41 to play before USM clawed its way back into the game. After Cognetta’s free throws, Southern Maine rattled off nine unanswered points to bring its deficit to single digits at 50-41 with 4:36 to play. Ramonas scored six of her 11 points in the run.

With the Huskies surging, Keene State halted the USM momentum at the 4:10 mark when Kober again converted a traditional three-point play to return the Owls lead to double digits, 53-41 with 4:10 on the clock. After Kober’s hoop and the harm, USM was unable to get closer than 12 points the rest of the way as the Owls closed out the game on the free throw line.

The game marks the final collegiate game for USM seniors Knight, Gallagher and Taylor Flood (Sanford, Maine).

No. 23 Taylor Flood Sanford, Maine
Year GP-GS Min FG-FGA PCT. 3PT-3PTA PCT. FT-FTA PCT. PTS-PPG Reb-RPG A ST BK
2011-12 15-0 90 4-24 .167 1-7 .143 1-6 .167 10-0.7 22-1.5 3 6 0
2012-13 28-1 347 21-67 .313 0-8 .000 3-10 .300 45-1.6 46-1.6 22 30 1
2013-14 28-18 668 48-142 .338 13-42 .310 17-27 .630 126-4.5 103-3.7 38 36 2
2014-15 26-25 647 43-120 .358 2-20 .100 43-67 .672 131-5.0 81-3.1 50 38 3
Totals 97-44 1752 116-353 .329 16-77 .208 64-107 .598 312-3.2 252-2.6 113 110 6

Career Highs: 12 points vs. Keene State (12/13/14); 19 rebounds vs. Concordia-Chicago (12/29/13); 5 assists vs. twice, last vs. Keene State (12/13/14).
* 19 rebounds is tied for 11th in single-season records

No. 15 Stephanie Gallagher York, Maine
Year GP-GS Min FG-FGA PCT. 3PT-3PTA PCT. FT-FTA PCT. PTS-PPG Reb-RPG A ST BK
2011-12 26-0 227 27-75 .360 7-31 .226 7-11 .636 68-2.6 29-1.1 20 15 1
2012-13 29-0 224 18-52 .346 6-27 .222 9-10 .900 51-1.8 21-0.7 17 14 0
2013-14 28-0 481 35-96 .365 22-61 .361 14-20 .700 106-3.8 48-1.7 40 25 0
2014-15 26-26 914 70-176 .398 35-93 .376 39-57 .684 214-8.2 94-3.6 77 23 2
Totals 109-26 1846 150-399 .376 70-212 .330 69-98 .704 439-4.0 192-1.8 154 77 3

Career Highs: 17 points vs. Plymouth State (1/20/15); 9 rebounds vs. Plymouth State (2/10/15); 7 assists vs. UMass Dartmouth (2/8/14).

Honors, Awards & Notes
2013-2014 Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award
2013-2014 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete
2013 Melissa & Richard Costello Scholarship
2012-2013 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete
2011-2012 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete


No. 20 Rebecca Knight Alfred, Maine
Year GP-GS Min FG-FGA PCT. 3PT-3PTA PCT. FT-FTA PCT. PTS-PPG Reb-RPG A ST BK
2011-12 * 29-22 738 59-171 .345 0-4 0.000 23-35 .657 141-4.9 118-4.1 44 26 8
2012-13 29-28 811 136-245 .555 1-1 1.000 90-122 .738 363-12.5 235-8.1 48 40 14
2013-14 23-21 658 88-203 .433 0-2 0.000 52-63 .825 228-9.9 153-6.7 36 24 5
2014-15 23-23 757 85-231 .368 0-1 0.000 44-57 .772 214-9.3 148-6.4 59 20 5
Totals 104-94 2964 368-850 .432 1-8 0.125 209-277 .754 949-9.1 654-6.3 187 110 32
*PLAYED AT UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Career Highs: 27 points vs. Salem State (12/4/12); 15 rebounds vs. Bates (11/26/13); 6 assists, twice, last vs. UMass Boston (1/29/15).

Honors, Awards & Notes
2013-2014 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete
2012-2013 All-Little East Conference
2012-2013 MWBCA All-State
Knight volunteers with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
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Re: USM basketball - women

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:40 am

USM’s Gary Fifield Retires After 27 Seasons With the Huskies
Huskies’ Legend Finishes Career with a Record of 660-137

GORHAM, Maine – University of Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean announced that veteran women’s basketball coach and Associate Director of Athletics Gary Fifield has retired from both his coaching and administrative position within the department. Fifield will finish out the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year and will retire officially on June 30.

In prepared remarks, Bean noted of the long-time Huskies’ mentor, “Gary’s impact on our athletic program has been enormous and his retirement will leave a great void in both the coaching and administrative areas of the our department. When Doc Costello retired as basketball coach after the 1986-87 season, Gary stepped in to replace a true legend and icon. Now, another legend is retiring, and replacing Gary will truly be an ominous task. Gary’s work ethic, competitive nature, incredible success on the court and his attention to detail as an administrator have served USM extremely well. He is clearly one of the most successful basketball coaches in the history of women’s basketball and has established records and benchmarks that will last for a very long time. Gary has played a significant role in the organization and administration of the athletic department and has been a tireless worker - he always gets the job done. I want to thank Gary for his commitment, his dedication on behalf of the athletic department and our student-athletes and for the great success, experiences and recognition he has brought to USM Athletics and the University of Southern Maine. Congratulations on a truly incredible career, you have made a difference for so many student-athletes and coaches in this profession and that's what really matters. Best wishes as you move ahead to the next chapter of your life, thank you for all you have done over the years, enjoy retirement and your lower golf handicap."

In 27 seasons as USM women’s basketball coach, Fifield compiled an outstanding record of 660-137 and led the Huskies to the NCAA Division III Final Four five times (1988, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2006), including three appearances in the national championship game.

“Coaching at USM has been a tremendous experience. When I was hired back in February of 1987, I had no idea how successful and rewarding the next 28 years would be. Not many people have the opportunity to spend 28 years of their life doing what they truly love to do along side of great people. I can say that I have been blessed with a career greater than I imagined possible. I am very proud of the success we have had as a program as well as the numerous individual accomplishments by our student-athletes. I am going to miss the relationships with the players, teaching the game, and the camaraderie among the staff. I am thankful for the support and friendships I have made during this tenure. When I reflect on my years coaching the Huskies, it will be the relationships with players, assistants, my fellow coaches and staff members that will stand out the most.”

During his career (1987-2008, 2010-2015), Fifield guided the Huskies to 20 Little East Conference tournament championships, including a string of 11 straight from 1997 through 2007. Additionally, Fifield’s teams won or shared the LEC regular season crown an outstanding 21 times.

Under Fifield’s leadership, the Huskies’ earned a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament in 24 of his 27 seasons. His teams extended the Huskies’ streak of 20 or more win seasons, setting an NCAA Division III record for consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins with a streak of 30. Having coached and recruited some of the best Division III women’s basketball players over his career, seven players combined to win the Little East Conference Player of the Year award 12 times. During his 27 seasons, Fifield has had ten different players receive All-American or honorable mention All-American honors on 14 occasions. Fifield's players have also distinguished themselves academically. Most recently, two-time WBCA All-American Ashley Marble was named the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for the College Division and a first team Academic All-American.

Among Fifield’s litany of accolades, the Huskies’ veteran head coach was named the WBCA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading the Huskies to a 31-3 overall record and a third-place finish in the NCAA tournament. Named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year a record 14 times, Fifield’s teams have dominated their conference opponents amassing a record of 315 and 43 for a remarkable winning percentage of .879. In the LEC tournament, Fifield’s teams have been equally as dominating amassing a record of 57-9 (.863 winning percentage).

Inducted into multiple halls of fame, Fifield was named the head coach of the Little East Conference’s 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the conference’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2013. Fifield is also in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2013) and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (2012). Respected nationally for his coaching ability, Fifield was selected and served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993.

Fifield arrived at USM from South Royalton (Vermont) High School in 1987, succeeding legendary coach, the late Dr. Richard “Doc” Costello, as women’s basketball coach. He also coached the USM men’s soccer program for five seasons (30-35-10). A 1975 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in physical education, Fifield earned a master's degree in educational administration from Vermont in 1982. Fifield, and his wife, Mary, have one son and reside in Buxton, Maine.
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