February 13, 2010






Gorham, MEóSouthern Maine ended Rhode Island College's six-game winning streak by handing the Anchorwomen a 76-62 loss in Little East Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.




Sophomore forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) posted her 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Anchorwomen, who drop to 15-8 overall and 6-6 in league play, turned the ball over 26 times. USM, which improved to 16-7 overall an 8-4 in the LEC, wins the season series with RIC.






Sophomore forward Rachel Riley




USM Freshman forward Curran Leighton (Dover, NH) led four players in double figures with 25 points and eight rebounds. Leighton was dominant in the paint shooting an outstanding 11-for-15 from the field, adding four assists and two blocked shots to compliment her eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Renee Nicholas (Sebago, ME) had 14 points and a game-high eight steals, while senior forward Haley Johnson (West Simsbury, CT) and junior guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, ME) each added 12 points.  Johnson recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 rebounds, while DeMillo had a game-high six assists.




RIC senior guard Denise Scott (Yonkers, NY) was the only other player in double figures for the Anchorwomen, netting 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds. 




"We didn't come out ready to take care of the ball or defend at the level we are capable of and when that happens in our conference, we will lose, especially on the road," RIC Head Coach Marcus Reilly said. "We battled back and played a much better second half but just could not overcome the defecit USM had built."


 Both teams battled back and forth in the opening nine minutes of the first half and a layup from RICís Riley pulled the score even at 13 with 11:15 to play.  However, the Huskies outscored the Anchorwomen 25-8 to close out the half and entered the locker room up by 17, 38-21, at the break.  The Huskies received scoring contributions from seven players in the pivotal run, including six points each from Johnson and DeMillo. 




Southern Maine ended the half shooting an outstanding 57.7 percent (15-for-26) from the field, while playing solid defense, forcing RIC into 20 first half turnovers.  The Huskies scored 25 of their first half points off of turnovers, led by six steals and nine points from Nicholas.



 USM opened the second half on an 18-10 run in the first six minutes to grab its largest lead, 56-31, with 13:52 to play.  Leighton scored nine of her 25 points during the six-minute stretch.  From there, Southern Maine cruised to the win, leading by as much as 20 points with 3:49 remaining.


Southern Maine finished the game shooting 57.4 percent (31-for-54) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-for-9) from three-point range, while Rhode Island College shot 39.3 percent (22-for-56) from the floor.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when the Anchorwomen travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 16.