GORHAM, Maine – Senior forward Ashley Marble (Topsfield, Maine) recorded her sixth consecutive double-double Tuesday night, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds – both game-high totals – to lead the fifth-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 83-63 Little East Conference win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in women’s basketball action at Hill Gymnasium.
Earning its 11th consecutive win, Southern Maine improves to 14-1 overall and remains undefeated in the Little East at 6-0. The win marked the Huskies 60th consecutive home win and 68th straight win over a conference opponent. Plymouth State drops to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the LEC.
Marble connected on eight of her 16 field goal attempts and knocked down 9-of-10 from the free throw line en route to her 26 points. With her first basket of the game, the 5-9 forward surpassed the 1600-point plateau and she ranks third all-time in career points at USM with 1,625.
Sophomore Stacey Kent (Northwood, N.H.) added 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and junior forward Angela Santa Fe (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) netted eight points.
Junior Meghan MacDonald (Salem, N.H.) paced the Panthers with 16 points. MacDonald was 6-for-10 from the floor and drained 3-of-4 three-pointers. Sophomore Annie Alosa (Concord, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points off of the bench.
Marble and Kent combined for 24 points in the opening half to help USM to a 46-30 lead at the break. Plymouth State stayed within striking distance of the Huskies late into the first half, trailing by eight points, 29-21, with eight minutes on the clock. However, USM responded with a 15-5 run over the next six minutes to lead by 18, 44-26, with 2:17 remaining.
Southern Maine scored the first five points of the second half to lead 51-30 and the Panthers were unable to get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Both teams are back in action Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with conference road games; USM visits at UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State travels to Western Connecticut.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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