WESTON, Mass. – Regis College lost to Southern Maine, 74-52, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference women's collegiate basketball game at Higgins Court.
Katryna Veasey (Quincy, Mass.) notched her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, plus she dished out four assists. Valerie Martin (Derry, N.H.) ended up with 10 points and three steals, Sam D'Angelo (Woburn, Mass.) finished with nine points, and Nikki Bitinaitis (Cromwell, Conn.) added seven points and five assists.
The two teams exchanged baskets early in the first quarter, with Bitinaitis hitting a three-pointer midway through the quarter to put the Pride on top, 10-9. The Huskies responded with a 13-3 scoring run over the next three-and-a-half minutes, led by nine points from Kristen Curley, as they took a 24-15 lead into the second quarter.
Regis closed to within five at 26-21 on a Veasey jumper halfway through the second quarter, but Southern Maine scored 12 unanswered points, led by Curley with seven points, to pull ahead 38-21 late in the quarter. Veasey hit two free throws in the final seconds to pull the Pride a little closer, with the Huskies taking a 38-23 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Southern Maine (7-2) opened the second half with a 10-2 scoring run, led by Alexa Srolovitz with five points, to extend its lead to 48-25 four minutes into the third quarter. A three-pointer by Veasey along with an offensive rebound and layup by D'Angelo brought the Pride within 15, but Morgan Eliasen hit a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter to increase the Husky lead to 55-37.
The Huskies maintained their advantage throughout the fourth quarter as they hit 9-of-12 shots from the field in the final 10 minutes. For the game, Southern Maine shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) from the field, including 6-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) of its free throw chances.
Curley shot 9-of-18 from the field as she led all players with 20 points, with Srolovitz scoring 11 points and Victoria Harris contributing eight points off the bench on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Four other Huskies scored seven points apiece, including Jackie Luckhardt, who also collected seven rebounds, six assists, and five steals.
The Pride finished with a slight edge on the boards, 35-31, including 12 offensive rebounds that led to 10 second chance points. However, Regis committed 26 turnovers, leading to 29 Southern Maine points.
Regis (1-6) will take the next two weeks off from competition to celebrate the holidays before returning to action for the Clark Holiday Classic. The Pride will face the host Cougars Saturday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. and Wellesley College Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.