GORHAM- Senior forward Josalee Danieli of Gray-New Gloucester scored a team-high 15 points, and senior forward Angela Santa Fe notched her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the nationally-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 77-50 win over the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in Little East Conference women’s basketball action Tuesday night at Warren Hill Gymnasium.

The win is the fifth straight for Southern Maine which improves to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the LEC. Rhode Island College falls to 7-6 and 1-3 with the loss.

Danieli and Santa Fe were two of four USM players in double figures. Sophomore guard Nicole Paradis added 12 points, while junior guard Stacey Kent chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, Rhode Island/S. Kingstown) led all scorers with 16 points to pace the Anchorwomen. Junior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, Rhode Island) tossed in 10 points off of the bench as the only other RIC player in double-figures.

Despite a sluggish first half, Southern Maine held a slim 33-31 lead at the break, paced by 10 points from Paradis. However, the Huskies were able to pull away from Rhode Island College, outscoring the Anchorwomen 44-19 in the second half.

USM opened the second half with an 11-0 run to increase its lead by 13, 44-31, with 17:09 on the clock. Kent scored seven of her 10 points in the run, while senior guard Dawn Ross (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) and Paradis tossed in two a piece.

RIC trimmed the lead back to 10, 44-34, on a traditional three-point play from senior guard Sarah Coughlin (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) with 16:07 showing, but the Huskies responded with a 11-2 run over the next four minutes to increase its margin to 55-36 with 12:02 left. USM’s Danieli scored six straight points in the pivotal run, before Martin broke it up with a jumper. After Martin’s jumper however, USM again rattled off another six unanswered points – three a piece from Danieli and Kent. From there the Huskies continued to pour on the points and led by as much as 30 points with four minutes remaining.

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