Women's basketball starts season with loss at USM

GORHAM -- The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team dropped its season opener to University of Southern Maine 88-51 in the second game of the USM Tip-Off Classic at Hill Gymnasium tonight.

Farmington (0-1) is scheduled to face Salve Regina University Saturday at 1 p.m. at the USM Tip-Off Classic. The Huskies improved to 1-1.

Freshman guard Lauren Rousseau (Biddeford, Maine) and junior forward Courtney Cochran (Waite, Maine) scored 13 and 11 points respectively to lead a balanced attack for USM.

Rousseau was 5-for-10 from the field, while Cochran was 5-for-9 as USM finished the game shooting a solid 51.5 percent (35-or-68) from the floor.  Thirteen players scored at least two points for the Huskies, and eight players scored at least five points.  Senior guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, Maine) and freshman guard Meaghan Craffey (Casco, Maine) each scored nine points, while sophomore guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.  DeMillo had five assists and two steals.  Junior guard Renee Nicholas (Sebago, Maine) put together a solid line with five points, five assists and five steals in just 16 minutes of action.

Senior guard Ashley Busque (Belgrade, Maine) and sophomore forward Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine) each had 11 points to lead UMaine Farmington.  Senior forward Jillian Ross (Belfast, Maine) added eight points. 

Ahead by six with 6:18 to play in the first half, Southern Maine outscored Farmington 14-6 to close out the half and take a commanding 42-28 lead at the break.  The Huskies received scoring contributions from six different players in the run.

In the second half, Southern Maine quickly grew its lead to 28 points, 60-32, in the opening five minutes with an 18-4 run.  The Huskies again relied on a team offense as seven different players scored in the run, including three consecutive three pointers from Rousseau, DeMillo and junior guard Kim Rivet (Sebago, Maine).

Farmington pulled to 60-38 following a pair of free throws from Norton with 12:47 to play, but USM's defense held the Beavers scoreless for five minute stretch after a single free throw a the 10:55, while scoring 15 points to lead Farmington 77-39 with six minutes to play.  From there the Huskies led by as many as 40 points late in the game and cruised to the victory.