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Re: University of Southern Maine women 2015-2016:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:02 am

Southern Maine Rolls Salem State 81-46

SALEM, Mass. – Sophomore Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) scored a career-high 15 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies overcame a slow start to down the Salem State University Vikings 81-46 at Twohig Gymnasium Tuesday evening in a non-conference women's basketball game.

The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 4-4 on the season. USM has played six of its first eight games on the road this season. Salem State drops to 3-4 with the loss suffering its second set back in as many games.

Nicholson was 3-for-5 from distance and 6-for-10 from the field overall to lead a balanced Southern Maine offense. USM shot 46.3 percent (31-for-67) from the field and 8-for-19 from three-point range en route to its highest point total of the season. Sophomore Alison Furness (Wells, Maine) added 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting, while senior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) added 11 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in limited action. USM had six other players record at least five points, including eight points from senior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) and seven points each from freshmen Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) and Genesis Santana (Lawrence, Mass.). Santana added three assists and two steals, while Howrigan shared team-high honors with sophomore Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) with eight rebounds.

Salem State junior Sarah Callahan (Pelham, N.H./Lowell Catholic) was the only Viking in double-figures with 10 points, three assists and two steals. Junior Kaitlyn Bryan (Lowell, Mass.) added nine points, and freshman Kia Fernandes (Wareham, Mass.) tossed in seven points and grabbed five rebounds.

After waiting six and a half minutes for the first points of the game to be scored – a pair of free throws from Salem State – USM found its scoring touch and closed out the first quarter on an 11-0 run to lead the Vikings 11-2 headed to the second quarter. Howrigan scored five of her seven points in the run, including a traditional three-point play.

Salem State opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to trail USM 13-10 with 7:05 to play after an offensive rebound and the put back from senior Tahira Peralta (Stoughton, Mass.), but USM countered with an impressive 25-0 run to close out the first half and take a damaging 38-10 lead at the break. Pelletier scored all of 11 of her points in the run, while Furness and Anderson each had five points.

Salem State opened the third on a 6-2 run, but USM junior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) canned a three at the 6:54 mark, and USM never led by less than 24 the rest of the quarter to take an insurmountable 57-26 lead at the break. The Huskies continued to roll in the fourth and led by as many as 37 points late in the game en route to the win.

Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to Western Connecticut State for its third consecutive road game. Salem State travels to Plymouth State on Thursday (5:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game.

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Re: University of Southern Maine women 2015-2016:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:19 am

Ramonas, Anderson Spark Huskies' Fourth Quarter Comeback, USM defeats Keene State 65-59

GORHAM, Maine – Senior forward Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored 14 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies rally from a 17-point deficit and earn a 65-59 win over the Keene State College Owls in Little East Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 2-1 in the Little East and 7-6 overall. The Owls, who entered the game with an undefeated record of 11-0 and 2-0 in the LEC, suffered their first loss of the season to stand at 11-1 and 2-1 in the conference.

Ramonas was 5-for-11 from the field and 10-for-10 from the free throw line for her career-best 23 points. Ramonas added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) added 16 points, including seven in the final quarter, as the only other Husky in double figures. Sophomore Kayla Stacy (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and freshman Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton) each had eight points, while senior forward Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) had six points, two assists, a blocked shot and a game-high eight rebounds.

Senior Kelsey Cognetta (Stamford, Conn.) led the Owls with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) and junior Sarah Kober (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire) each chipped in with 10 points.

After taking a 17-11 lead following the first quarter and a 19-11 lead on the first possession of the second frame, Southern Maine went ice cold from the field, as the Owls outscored USM 23-6 in the second quarter for a 34-23 lead at the break. Following a pair of free throws from Ramonas at the 8:11 mark of the period, KSC outscored USM 16-0 over the next six minutes to take a 27-19 lead with 2:02 to play in the frame. Stacy halted the KSC run with a layup, but the Owls' freshman guard Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, Mass.) answered right back with a three for a 30-21 lead. A jumper from USM freshman Kimberly Howrigan (Fairfield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) cut the Husky deficit to 30-23, but the Owls closed out the half with four consecutive points on baskets from Cognetta and Kober for the 11-point halftime margin.

The Owls continued their pace of play to start the third and grew its lead to 17 points, 45-28, with 2:45 on the clock after a layup sophomore Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass./Worcester Academy). Facing its largest deficit of the game, Southern Maine closed the gap to 45-33 before the period ended on a 5-0 spurt highlighted by a traditional three-point play from Pelletier.

The Huskies continued their scoring streak into the fourth scoring the first 12 points of the period to make it a 17-0 run to knot the score up at 45 with 7:01 on the clock. Ramonas scored the first five points of the quarter on a layup and a three-pointer before Anderson scored the next seven. After canning a three at the 7:31 mark to make it 45-41 in favor of KSC, Anderson came up big defensively stealing away the inbounds' pass and scoring a layup, making it a two point game. After a KSC turnover, Anderson then took the ball hard to the basket for the tying score.

The game remained tight, and after back-to-back baskets from juniors Amanda Petrow (Methuen, Mass.) and Stephanie D'Annolfo (Tyngsborough, Mass.) the Owls forced the fifth tied score of the quarter. However, the Huskies responded as Srolovitz canned a dagger of the three-pointer on an assist from Ramonas to give Southern Maine the lead for good, 56-53 with 2:26 to go.

The Huskies' forced a shot clock violation on the Owls' ensuing possession and Ramonas and hit a pair of free throws extending USM's lead to 58-53. D'Annolfo made it a one-possession game, 60-57, on a jumper with 1:10 to play, but USM closed the game out on the line sinking 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch for the win.

Southern Maine returns to action Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) when it travels to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference game. Keene State faces Worcester State on the road Monday (12:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.


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Re: University of Southern Maine women 2015-2016:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:33 pm

Southern Maine Uses Fourth Quarter Run to Down UMass Dartmouth 68-55

GORHAM, Maine – Senior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored seven of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the University of Southern Maine Huskies surged past the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 68-55 in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.

The win is the third straight for the Huskies who improve 9-6 overall and 4-1 in the Little East. UMass Dartmouth drops its second consecutive game in conference action to stand at 9-5 overall and 1-4 in the LEC.

Ramonas was 7-for-15 from the field en route to her 19 points, including a pair of three-pointers. She added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Freshman Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton) added 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore Kayla Stacy (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and senior Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) each scored eight points. Pelletier set a career-high with seven blocked shots. Sophomore Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) had a solid game off of the bench chipping in with seven points.

Senior Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) and freshman Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) each scored 11 points to lead the Corsairs. Castantini and Examond each turned in double-doubles grabbing 12 and 11 rebounds respectively. Senior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) added 10 points and five rebounds, while junior Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) had nine points and three rebounds before fouling out.

In a nip and tuck first three quarters, the Huskies and the Corsairs headed into the fourth quarter tied up at 48. Castantini, who hit the game-tying jumper to close out the third, put the Corsairs ahead 50-48 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Southern Maine responded with 14-0 run to seize control of the game.

Pelletier started the run with a nice move in the paint for two points, and senior Gretchen Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) made it a quick five points on a three after a drive and dish from Ramonas. Following another Pelletier layup, again on an assist from Ramonas, Ramonas scored the next seven points of the game to put USM ahead 62-50 with 2:50 remaining in the game.

Ronaghan and Examond combined for the next five points to trim the UMD deficit to 62-55, with 1:10 to go, but USM closed out the game on the free throw line making 6-of-8 down the stretch for the win.

Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action on Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at UMass Boston. UMass Dartmouth hosts Colby College on Monday (6:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.

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