PHILADELPHIA — Saint Joseph’s scored the first 13 points of the contest Sunday afternoon on its way to a lopsided 74-46 women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine in the Hawk Classic.
Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears (2-9) committed 27 turnovers, which led to 34 points by the Hawks, as they dropped their fifth consecutive contest. Saint Joseph’s (6-6) also piled up 30 points in the paint to only 10 for UMaine.
The Bears take on Drexel University of Philadelphia in today’s 4 p.m. game.
Junior forward Brittany Boser led UMaine with 13 points and six rebounds, but the Bears shot only 33 percent from the field (14-for-42). Freshman center Samantha Baranowski bounced back from a scoreless effort against Fairfield a week earlier by scoring 10 points, six of those from the foul line.
Kristin Baker of Bingham chipped in with five points, three rebounds and two assists.
Amy Gillespie sparked Saint Joseph’s with a game-high 15 points and five rebounds. Mariame Djouara posted 12 points and Jenna Loschiavo hit three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points for the Hawks.
The hosts outrebounded the Bears 36-31 and wound up shooting 45 percent from the floor.
UMaine had difficulty right off the opening tip. The Bears committed eight turnovers in the first five minutes, 14 seconds and the Hawks responded by scoring the first 13 points of the game.
Djouara converted a UMaine turnover by scoring a layup 1:05 into the game. Despite some poor early shooting, Saint Joseph’s got a jumper and two foul shots from Dominique Bryant, Djouara made a layup and Loschiavo buried a 3-pointer to send the Hawks well on their way.
UMaine wound up making 19 first-half turnovers and simply couldn’t get back into the game.
UConn. 77, So. Carolina 48
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tina Charles bounced back from two straight subpar games with 21 points and No. 1 Connecticut opened 11-0 for the third consecutive season with a 77-48 victory over South Carolina on Sunday.
Charles, the Huskies’ standout center, totaled just 17 points in her previous two games. She broke out big against the Gamecocks, registering a double-double in the first half to lead Connecticut.
Samone Kennedy and Lakeisha Sutton each had 11 points for South Carolina (6-5), which lost its 21st straight game against ranked opponents.
Duke 78, Quinnipiac 50
DURHAM, N.C. — Chante Black scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and had a career-high eight steals to help Duke rout Quinnipiac.
Black added three blocked shots for the Blue Devils (10-1), becoming the sixth player in ACC history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocked shots in a career.
Mandy Pennewell scored 17 points to lead the Bobcats (8-3).
Louisville 66, Morehead St. 38
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Angel McCoughtry had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Louisville overcome a season-high 34 turnovers and beat Morehead State in the Cardinal Classic.
Candyce Bingham added 13 points and Janae Howard had a career-high 10 for Louisville (11-1), which won its seventh straight.
McCoughtry played sparingly against the overmatched Eagles (7-5). She scored Louisville’s first 11 points as the Cardinals needed just eight minutes to build a double-digit lead.
Ashley Martin led Morehead State with 13 points.
Stanford 84, UC Davis 49
STANFORD, Calif. — Jayne Appel had 16 points and nine rebounds and Stanford survived an off day to beat UC Davis in its final tuneup before the start of Pac-10 play.
Kayla Pedersen added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the cold-shooting Cardinal, who returned home to Maples Pavilion after completing a tough three-game, nine-day road trip that featured losses at No. 6 Duke and eighth-ranked and defending champion Tennessee in a rematch of last season’s NCAA title game.