NEW LONDON, N.H. — Amanda Gifford and Kelli Murray each made two free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime to lift the Husson University Eagles to a 79-75 North Atlantic Conference victory over Colby-Sawyer Friday night in women’s basketball action.
Murray paced Husson University of Bangor (11-10, 11-3 NAC) with 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bre Hanscom, who also posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, had scored the tying basket with 1:06 left in regulation.
Gifford wound up with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Taylor Desanty made five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds to propel Colby-Sawyer (16-6, 12-3 NAC). Cailin Bullett provided 17 points and nine assists while Ashley Fruzzetti added 11 points and seven rebounds.
NEC 67, Maine Maritime 56
At Henniker, N.H., Rachel Williams scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Pilgrims to the North Atlantic Conference win.
Kayla Lawlor and Katarina Muska tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively, for New England College (17-5, 10-5 NAC).
Sam Goda provided 14 points to spark Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (10-11, 7-7 NAC). Freshman Bekah Campbell contributed 12 points and five rebounds.
Lyndon State 62, UMF 55
At Lyndonville, Vt., Donna Lawson powered her way to 24 points and 24 rebounds to carry the Hornets to the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Chelsea Watson tossed in 14 points and Naomi White added 11 for Lyndon State (8-13, 6-8 NAC), which outrebounded the Beavers 59-43.
The University of Maine-Farmington was paced by Kenni Norton’s 13 points, while Lindsay Ranquist (4 assists) and Rachel Clement (5 steals) each scored nine points.
Bowdoin 70, Wesleyan 56
At Brunswick, the Polar Bears poured in 45 second-half points while pulling away to beat the Cardinals in a NESCAC matchup.
Jill Henrikson headed a balanced effort for Bowdoin (16-6, 5-3 NESCAC) with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Allie Piscina came up with 12 points and six steals, while Sara Binkhorst and Anna Prohl added nine points each. Amy Hackett contributed eight points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Kellyann Rooney and Eileen Gaffney (10 rebounds) propelled Wesleyan (13-6, 5-3 NESCAC) with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Colby 71, Conn. College 56
At Waterville, Jil Vaughan piled up 18 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots as the Mules earned the NESCAC victory.
Rachael Mack posted 17 points, nine rebounds four assists and two blocks for Colby (17-6, 6-3 NESCAC). Jacky McLaughlin added 13 points.
Tara Gabelman led Connecticut College (16-5, 5-4 NESCAC) with 14 points and Jocelyn Summers chipped in with 10.
Thomas 63, Johnson State 57
At Johnson, Vt., Karin Bird scored 21 points and picked up eight rebounds and three steals to lead the Terriers to a key North Atlantic Conference victory in their quest to qualify for the playoffs.
Lindsay Fry tallied 13 points and Jasmine Bishop contributed nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Thomas College of Waterville (4-17, 4-11 NAC).
Brittany Robertson scored 22 points to propel the Badgers. Andrea Deuell supplied 156 points.
UMaine drops two games
At Tampa, the University of Maine softball team opened the season with two losses, dropping a 5-4, eight-inning decision to Illinois State before being beaten 8-1 by host South Florida.
In the opener, Nichelle Harrison singled to score Elizabeth Kay (placed on second) with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the 1-0 Redbirds to victory.
Kay was placed on second and Liz Andrews followed with a single off UMaine reliever Kylie Sparks to set up the game-winner. Illinois State had rallied to tie the game in the seventh on Jhavon Hamilton’s two-out solo home run.
Hamilton also stroked a two-run single.
Jean Stevens hit a two solo homers for UMaine. Jessica Burk added two hits, including an RBI single and EmJ Fogel provided a two-run single that gave the Bears a 4-3 lead in the sixth.
In the second game, the Bulls scored four runs in the first and three more in the second off Bears starter Beth Spoehr on the way to victory.
Sam Greiner pitched six innings of three-hit, shutout ball for 1-0 South Florida, which got two singles each from Laura Fountain and Gina Kafalas (RBI) and a three-run double from Jessica Mouse.
Stevens singled twice for UMaine, which managed only four hits.
Colby-Sawyer 73, Husson 67
At New London, N.H., Mike Dias went 10-for-12 from the foul line on his way to 20 points to help the Chargers hold on for the North Atlantic Conference win.
James Tobin hit four 3-pointers on his way to 21 points for Colby-Sawyer (15-7, 12-3 NAC), while Will Bardaglio notched 17 points, including 9-for-9 foul shooting.
Wes Murphy’s 11 points led Husson University of Bangor (10-11, 9-5 NAC), which received 16 points from Daeshawn McMorrin and a 15-point, 11-rebound effort from Marc Zaharchuk. Brad Libby added 10 points.
NEC 73, Maine Maritime 54
At Henniker, N.H., the Pilgrims outscored the Mariners 48-30 in the second half to cruise to the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Abdirahman Mohamed posted a double-double for New England College (6-16, 5-10 NAC) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Spencer Marzouk netted 13 points and Jonathan Byrnes added 11.
Andy Ball paced Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (2-18, 1-13 NAC) with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Tyler Pineo and Scott Alexander connected for 10 points each.
UMF 77, Lyndon State 64
At Lyndon Center, Vt., Pet Sumner scored 19 points as the University of Maine-Farmington won a North Atlantic Conference matchup.
Joe McCloskey contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the first-place Beavers (14-8,
13-2 NAC) and Ben Johnson had 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Dan Kane scored 12 points and dished out five assists and Kevin Leary tallied 11 points in the win.
Steve Gantt tossed in 18 points and had two steals for Lyndon (4-17, 4-10) and Jason Gray collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Sackett had 12 points in the loss while teammate Devyn Baranauskas added 10 points and five assists.
Conn. College 55, Colby 54
At Waterville, Matt Vadas connected on a baseline jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Camels to a NESCAC victory over the Mules.
Ben Foreman, who scored a game-high 23 points, had put Colby (6-16, 1-8 NESCAC) in front on a 15-footer with 7.6 seconds to play.
Vadas finished with 15 points to pace Connecticut College (7-15, 1-8 NESCAC), while Rob Harrigan and Boris Jeremic provided 12 and 11, respectively.
Connor O’Neil complemented Foreman’s effort with 12 points and Shane Rogers added eight.
Wesleyan 74, Bowdoin 61
At Brunswick, the Cardinals built an eight-point halftime lead and never trailed after that in earning the NESCAC victory.
Mike Callaghan registered a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds for Wesleyan (17-5, 5-3 NESCAC). Derick Beresford popped in 20 points and Shasha Brown logged 10 points and six assists.
Ryan O’Connell paced Bowdoin (16-6, 5-3 NESCAC) with 14 points. Will Hanley chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists.
Johnson State 75, Thomas 68
At Johnson, Vt., the Badgers manufactured a 13-point lead that held up in a North Atlantic Conference victory over the Terriers.
Scott Moran’s 23 points, five assists and four steals sparked Johnson State (5-16, 5-9 NAC). Andy Bousono finished with 20 points, eight steals, six assists and five rebounds.
Stanley Greene poured in 24 points for Thomas College of Waterville (11-10, 8-7 NAC). Franklin Salvador scored 20 points and Martin Cleveland pulled down 11 rebounds.