Jan. 20, 2009
GORHAM, ME - Sophomore guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, ME) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the University of Southern Maine women's basketball team over Little East Conference foe University of Massachusetts Boston, 69-44, Tuesday night at the Hill Gymnasium on the University of Southern Maine campus.
The Beacons (2-14, 0-6 LEC) came out firing, hitting three of their first four field goal attempts in the first half of play and took a 6-3 lead when freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA)drained a mid-range jumper with 17:07 left in the stanza. The Huskies (13-3, 4-2 LEC) answered as freshman guard Nicole Garland (Portland, ME) capped a 5-0 run with a trifecta to take an 8-6 lead.
Over the next 12 minutes of action, the game would feature three ties and three lead changes. A lay-up by freshman guard Renee Nicholas (Sebago, ME) with 5:12 remaining in the first half locked the game at 16-16 for Southern Maine. The Huskies would then close out the half on an 8-2 run to take a 24-18 lead into the locker room.
Southern Maine picked up the second half right where it left off, going on an 18-4 run capped by a DeMillo three-pointer for a 42-22 lead with 13:39 remaining. Sophomore forward Sharmayne Sturgis (Cambridge, MA) would cut the Huskies' lead to 42-26 with a bucket of her own, but the 16 point deficit was the closest UMass Boston would get the rest of the way.
Southern Maine took its largest lead of the game with 1:02 to play when freshman forward Audrey Shutts (Westbrook, ME) connected on one of two free throws to give it a 69-41 advantage. With 30 seconds to play, UMB sophomore guard Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) drained a jumper from downtown for the games' last field goal to round out the scoring at 69-44 in favor of the hosts.
With her 18 points, this was the sixth consecutive game DeMillo was in double figures for the Huskies, and she also finished the game with three assists and a steal. Joining her in double figures was Garland who finished with 14 points on a 4-8 shooting performance from three-point land. Nicholas also netted double digits, dropping 11 points off the bench.
For the Beacons, Langford led the team with 11 points and was able to grab four rebounds, collect a pair of assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes of action. Freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) continued her solid play scoring eight points while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds and swatting away two shots. Sturgis also finished the night with eight points on 4-6 shooting and snagged four rebounds in the effort.
Both teams will be back in LEC action on Saturday, January 24 when UMass Boston travels to Providence, RI to take on Rhode Island College at 1:00 p.m. while the Huskies travel to Keene, NH to face Keene State College for a 1:00 p.m. game.