GORHAM, ME - Asiha Knight (Norwalk, CT) and Hannah Machine (Bristol, CT) each scored 12 points, but the Western Connecticut State University women's basketball team fell at University of Southern Maine, 80-68, in a make-up tilt at Hill Gymnasium on Monday afternoon.
The Huskies, now 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the league, were led by a balanced offensive attack. Kristen Curley led the hosts with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field.
Alexa Srolovitz and Jackie Luckhardt chipped in 15 points apiece while Victoria Harris and Chantel Eells added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Southern Maine finished with a decisive advantage on the boards, out-rebounding WestConn, 49-33 on Monday.
The Colonials raced out to an 11-4 lead after Tashai Price (Vernon, CT) buried the front end of the two free throws, with 6:28 remaining in the first quarter.
A lay-up from Curley at the 3:32 mark of the opening period capped off a 9-0 run by the Huskies and they trailed the rest of the way.
By the 7:21 mark of the second stanza, USM doubled up on the Colonials and led 30-15. A bucket from Eells ended a 26-4 run for the Huskies, which are now tied with University of Massachusetts Boston in second place in the Little East Conference.
WestConn has dropped six straight games away from its friendly confines of Feldman Arena. It returns to the O'Neill Center on Wednesday when it plays host to Castleton University at 5:30 pm.
The Huskies host league-leading University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on January 23. Game time is also at 5:30 pm.