Feb. 10, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Stacey Kent (Northwood, NH) netted a game-high 20 points in as many minutes and the University of Southern Maine women's basketball team shot 56% (15-27) in the second half in a 63-41 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this evening in a Little East Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 3-18 overall and 1-10 in LEC play, while the Huskies improve to 17-5 and 7-4.
UMass Boston held Southern Maine to just 25% (6-24) shooting for the first half and forced 13 turnovers, but the visitors reeled off 15 unanswered points in the first five minutes of the second half, fueled by eight points from Kent, to take a 40-20 lead with 15:07 showing. Sophomore guard Norma Cumbee (Malden, MA) converted a lay-up with 14:47 to go in the second stanza to stop the run for the Beacons, but the Huskies scored 10 of the next 12 points to take their largest lead of the contest at 50-24 with 10:33 on the second half clock. UMass Boston got no closer than 18 points the rest of the night.
Southern Maine scored the game's first seven points, capped by a three-pointer from junior guard Nicole Paradis (Skowhegan, ME) with 17:21 left in the opening half. Freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA) sank a pair of free throws with 17:04 remaining in the first half to put the Beacons on the board, but the Kent netted the next five points for the Huskies to increase their lead to 12-2 with 15:24 to go in the first stanza. UMass Boston responded with an 11-3 run, paced by five points from sophomore forward Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA), to pull the home team to within 15-13 with 6:28 left in the first session. It would be as close as the Beacons would get for the rest of the contest as Southern Maine took a 25-20 advantage into the intermission.
Kent was 5-10 from the floor, including 4-5 from three-point range and connected on all six of her free throw attempts in addition to grabbing four rebounds, making a steal and handing out an assist for the Huskies. Sophomore forward Kristi Violette (Readfield, ME) ripped down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with six points, two steals and a block, while junior forward Haley Johnson (West Simsbury, CT) also registered double-digit numbers on the glass with 10 rebounds and added six points, a pair of steals and a blocked shot.
Langford led UMass Boston with 18 points and a career-high matching 12 rebounds to go with two assists, two steals and a block, while Penney finished with seven points and two boards in 20 minutes off the bench. Senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA) also contributed with six points on 3-4 from the floor and added a blocked shot in 11 minutes of action.
The Beacons will play again on Thursday, February 12 when they host Suffolk University at 5:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m.