PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Ashley Marble (Topsfield, Maine) posted her eighth double-double of the season Tuesday night to lead the nationally-ranked University of Southern Maine to an 85-62 victory over Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
The Huskies captured their 13th straight victory to improve to 15-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference. Plymouth State slipped to 6-10 overall and 4-4 in LEC action. USM is ranked fourth in the D3hoops.com poll and 14th in the USA TODAY/ESPN/WBCA Coaches’ poll.
Marble finished with game-highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while also collecting three assists and three steals. She made 8-of-10 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the free throw line. Junior Meg Myles (Auburn, Maine) also did damage for the Huskies, hitting 7-of-10 from the field to finish with 18 points, while junior Katie Frost (Calais, Maine) ended up with 13 points and five assists after connecting on 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) came off the bench to lead PSU with a season-high 13 points, while freshman Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) scored 11 points and senior Lauren Devereaux (Hope Valley, R.I.) added 10.
USM maintained the lead throughout the first half, but PSU kept the margin in single digits, trailing by only three points (33-30) with 2:25 on the clock before heading to the locker room down by eight (38-30).
The Huskies opened the second half with a 9-3 spurt to take a 14-point advantage (47-33). PSU got the deficit back to single digits (52-43) with 13:51 remaining, but the Huskies rattled off nine straight points to get their lead up to 18 with 10 minutes to play, and the Panthers never challenged the rest of the way.
Southern Maine shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor, including 52 percent (13-of-25) in the second half, while PSU converted only 34.5 percent from the field (20-of-58), 31 percent (9-of-29) after the intermission. USM enjoyed a whopping 46-26 advantage on the glass.
Plymouth State continues its four-game home stand Thursday with a non-conference match-up against Johnson and Wales University (6:00 p.m.) The Huskies return to the friendly confines of the Warren Hill Gymnasium on Saturday to host conference rival Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.)
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