Jan. 25, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Courtney Cochran (Waite, ME) posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action to help the University of Southern Maine defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team, 72-39, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Huskies improve to 12-6 overall and 7-1 in the Little East Conference, while the Beacons drop their fourth straight and fall to 11-7 and 2-6 in the LEC.
In the first half, UMass Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Southern Maine buried three consecutive 3-pointers to grab a 9-4 advantage at the 16:40 mark. After trading a few buckets, Beacons freshman guard Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) hit a layup to cut the deficit to 16-10 but then Southern Maine went on a 19-0 run over the next 5:07. Cochran led the way with six points during the stretch on the way to nearly posting a double-double in the first 20 minutes with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies' streak ended at 35-12 with 5:55 to go in the half when sophomore guard Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) slipped in a layup for the home squad. Southern Maine reestablished a 25 point advantage at 46-21 just before halftime when junior guard Renee Nichols (Sebago, ME) netted her 12th point of the frame with five seconds left on the clock. Southern Maine was efficient from behind the arc, going 6-for-8 while the Beacons were only 2-for-11.
The teams traded hoops over the first part of the second half and the score stood at 55-29 with 11:16 to play. The Huskies proceeded to reel off a 10-0 run to open up their biggest lead of the contest, 65-29, with 5:04 on the clock. A free throw by Hooper, who had a game-high 16 points, ended the run, but UMass Boston went 7:50 between field goals until freshman forward Sarah McAdams (Portland, OR) drilled a 3-pointer. With a comfortable lead, Southern Maine rested its starters over the final 10 minutes and got 17 points from its bench led by junior guard Nicole Garland's (Portland, ME) seven.
Nichols and freshman guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, MA) led the way offensively for the Huskies with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Nichols added four steals, as well.
Both teams return to action Saturday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. as the Beacons travel to Providence, RI to face Rhode Island College and the Huskies host Keene State College.