Jan. 26, 2010
GORHAM, ME - Sophomore guard Renee Nicholas (Sebago, ME) finished to rebounds shy of a triple-double and established a new record for steals in a game with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and 13 steals to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 55-31 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.
The win lifts the Huskies' record to 13-5 overall and improves their Little East Conference record to 5-3. UMass Boston falls to 4-14 overall and remains winless in the conference at 0-8.
Nicholas broke the 28-year-old record for single-game steals formerly held by USM All-American Maureen Burchill. Burchill had 11 thefts against Dominican College on February 26, 1982.
Junior guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, ME) added 12 points and freshman forward Curran Leighton (Dover, NH) collected her team-leading seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) led the Beacons with eight points on a 3-for-5 effort off of the bench. Freshman guard Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, MA) had five points and a game-high 11 rebounds, including six offensive boards.
The Huskies used a strong defensive effort in the first half, limiting the Beacons to just a 3-for-20 effort from the field, to open up a commanding 26-10 lead at the break. Leighton scored all 12 of her points in the first half, while grabbing seven rebounds, while Nicholas collected eight of her 13 steals.
Southern Maine remained in control of the game in the second half, holding the Beacons scoreless for the first 10 minutes while scoring 17 unanswered points open up a 33-point (43-10) lead. DeMillo scored eight of her 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while Nicholas chipped in with four points.
The Beacons ended their dry spell with 9:51 remaining on a pair of free throws from freshman guard Kate Levy (Falmouth, MA) for their first points of the half. Levy's free throws kick started a 12-0 run by the Beacons to trim the USM lead to 21, 43-22, with 7:39 on the clock. Piette was responsible for six of the Beacons 12 points in the run, sinking two threes.
Southern Maine responded to the Beacon effort, netting six unanswered points to push its lead back to 27, 49-22, following lay-up from freshman forward Meredith Reid (York, ME) and back-to-back lay-ups from DeMillo. From there the Beacons were unable to get any closer than 22 points in the final three minutes of action.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to Keene State College. UMass Boston hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
Material used in this report courtesy of University of Southern Maine Sports Information.