Feb. 15, 2011
GORHAM, ME - Junior guard Courtney Cochran (Waite, Maine/Woodland) rang up her 14th double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 59-42 win over the UMass Boston Beacons Tuesday night in a Little East Conference women's basketball game at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The win improves the Huskies record to 16-8 and 11-2 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine is currently second in the conference standings behind Western Connecticut (12-1). The Huskies handed the Colonials their only loss of the season 74-53 in January. The loss stops a modest two-game winning streak for the Beacons who fall to 13-11 overall and 3-10 in the conference.
Cochran was 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line en route to her team high total. Senior forward Becky Dixon (Gardiner, Maine) added 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal to finish as the only other USM player in double figures. Junior guard Renee Nicholas (Sebago, Maine/Lake Region) and senior guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) each scored nine points.
Freshman guard Senteria Renwicks (Baltimore, Md./Lansdown) led all scorers with 21 points, knocking down 5-of-8 three-pointers. Freshman guard Kendra Mosley (Indian Head, Md./Henry E. Lackey) added 12 points and four rebounds.
Southern Maine overcame a shaky first half start and rallied to lead the Beacons 26-24 at the half, despite shooting a frigid 33.3 percent from the field, and trailing UMass Boston by 13 points, 19-6, with 12:01 to play. Renwicks was red-hot from the floor in the first half to buoy the Beacons, sinking three of her five three-pointers in the opening eight minutes of action.
In the second half, USM still struggled offensively, but applied defensive pressure to outscore the Beacons 14-1 in the first seven minutes to grab a 40-25 led with 12:56 remaining in the game. Cochran scored six of her 15 points in the run for USM.
A three from Beacon freshman Sarah McAdams (Portland, Ore./Grant) with 11:53 to play gave UMass Boston its first field goal of the half and trimmed the USM lead to 40-28, but the Huskies countered with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to take their largest lead of the game 52-28 with 7:57 on the clock. Cochran again paced the Huskies offense scoring seven of the 12 points in the run that was capped by a three pointer from junior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering). From there the Huskies cruised to the 59-42 final.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when they travel to Eastern Connecticut for its final regular season game of the seaosn. UMass Boston hosts Western Connecticut State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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