Feb. 23, 2010
GORHAM, ME-Curran Leighton and Haley Johnson combined for 36 points and 30 rebounds to lead host Southern Maine to a 64-54 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in a first round playoff game in the Little East Conference Tournament at Hill Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
The Huskies built a 33-21 halftime advantage en route to their victory. Kaylie DeMillo added 12 points for USM. Senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) led the Corsairs with 17 points, while sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) and junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) added 12 points apiece.
"It came down to our failure to defend their post players," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "They got too many touches inside. We defended the three-point shot well, and we defended the perimeter well, but their inside play hurt us. The effort was there, but the execution wasn't."
Houtman and Nelson each had seven rebounds, but Southern Maine out rebounded the Corsairs, 42-32. The game was the finale for UMD seniors Nelson and Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy).
"We appreciate the contributions that Maddie and Kaylin have made to our program as seniors," said Van Voorhis. "We wish them the best."
The Corsairs dropped to 10-16 with the defeat, while the Huskies improved to 19-7 with the victory. Southern Maine advanced to the Final Four, and will meet Eastern Connecticut State in am semi-final game at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at Western Connecticut State. The game marked the end of the season for UMass Dartmouth.