Women's College Basketball

Southern Maine Pulls Away From Rhode Island College, 88-49


        GORHAM, Maine  --  Junior forward Ashley Marble (Topsfield, Maine/Woodland HS) and senior guard Donna Cowing (Weeks Mills, Maine/Erskine Academy) combined for 39 points to lead the number one ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 88-49 victory over the visiting Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in a Little East Conference game Tuesday night at the Warren Hill Gymnasium.


The win was the fifth straight for the Huskies who improved to 13-1 overall.  The Huskies, who won their 40th straight home game, are undefeated in conference play (4-0).  Rhode Island College slips to 6-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference.


        Marble connected on 8 of 11 shots from the floor, including her only three-point try, and 3 of 4 free throws to finish with a game-high 20 points.  Cowing tied her career high of 19 points by draining 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 shots from beyond the arc, and 4 of 6 from the line.


   Junior forward Shannon Kynoch (South Burlington, Vt.) came off the bench to contribute 11 points, grab six rebounds and block three shots for the Huskies.  Senior forward Megan Myles (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little HS) also had 11 points, blocked three shots and made five steals.


   Senior guard Jamie Angell (Cranston, R.I./LaSalle HS) lead the Anchorwomen with 15 points.  Junior forward Kari Geisler (Deerfield, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) added 13 points.


    Leading 12-10 with 12:35 to play in the opening half after a basket by Angell, the Huskies went on a 9-0 run over then next four minutes to establish command.  Junior guard Lindsey Welch (Newport, Maine/Nokomis Regional HS), coming off the bench, sparked the run with a layup and three-pointer for her only five points in the game.


     A 15-5 run later in the half, ignited by a Marble basket, pushed the advantage to 19 (40-21).  A 7-4 spurt by the Anchorwomen, who shot 52 percent (13 of 25) from the field, over the final two minutes cut the margin to 44-28 at the break.  RIC was hurt by 17 turnovers in the opening half.


       Southern Maine put the game away with a 26-2 run through the middle of the second half.  Leading by 15 (53-28), the Huskies scored 11 straight points, five by junior guard Katie Sibley (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay Regional HS), before Angell answered with a three-pointer for the Anchorwomen. 


      Marble would scored the next four points, and Cowing added a pair of free throws, to start a run of 15 unanswered points by the Huskies that increased the lead to 79-41 with five minutes to play.


     Southern Maine finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (32 of 69) from the floor and had a 44-34 advantage on the boards.  Rhode Island College's shooting cooled in the second half to finish the game at 39.3 percent (22 of 56). 

    The Huskies hit the road for their next game when they travel to Keene State College on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game.  The Anchorwomen will host Pine Manor College on Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m.