Rhode Island College beats USM women in Little East final

Posted Feb. 26, 2012, at 9:05 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rachel Riley scored 14 points and tallied nine rebounds to lead the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team by the University of Southern Maine 50-44 in the Little East Conference championship game Saturday.

Courtney Cochran led the Huskies (21-6) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Haley Jordan added 12 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.

USM had advanced with a 60-52 quarterfinal win over Keene Friday when Nicole Garland scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to spark the Huskies. Cochran added a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds and Jordan had 15 points.

Amherst 66, Colby 52

At Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, Marcia Voigt led four Amherst College scorers in double figures with 17 points as the top-seeded Lord Jeffs defeated fourth-seeded Colby College in a NESCAC semifinal.

Jil Vaughan finished with a game-high 19 points for the 19-7 Mules. Rachael Mack scored 11 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.

Tufts 55, Bowdoin 40

At Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, Bowdoin College jumped out to an 11-0 lead but it was not enough to hold off Tufts University in a NESCAC semifinal.

Tufts, which improves to 21-5, was led by Liz Moynihan with 14 points.

The Polar Bears (19-7) were paced by Amy Hackett who collected 12 points. Jill Henrikson chipped in with 10 points.

Emmanuel 68, St. Joe’s 57

At Boston, Mass. on Saturday, Fiona O’Dwyer scored 24 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to propel top-seeded Emmanuel College by second-seeded Saint Joseph’s College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship game.

Meghan Kirwan chipped in with 20 points for 22-6 Emmanuel.

Abby Young paced Saint Joseph’s (20-8) with 11 points and nine rebounds. Lindsay Moore and Megan McDevitt contributed 10 points apiece.

Men’s basketball

Amherst 97, Bates 74

At Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, Aaron Toomey led all scorers with a career-high 26 points as second-seeded Amherst College defeated Bates College in a NESCAC semifinal.

Amherst (24-2) opened the game with a 41-17 run and never looked back.

The Bobcats (13-13) were led by John Squires with 22 points. Luke Matarazzo finished with 18 points while Ed Bogdanovich netted 12 and Mark Brust added 10.

Colby-Sawyer 72, UMF 62

At Castleton, Vt. on Saturday, second-seeded Colby-Sawyer College outscored third-seeded University of Maine at Farmington 15-5 in overtime to notch a victory over the Beavers in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal.

Colby-Sawyer (20-7) was led by Koang Thok with 17 points.

Ben Johnson paced the Beavers (16-11) with a game-high 18 points and a career-best 18 rebounds. Dan Kane contributed 12 points while Joe McCloskey scored 11.

Women’s hockey

Providence 6, Maine 0

At Providence, R.I. on Saturday, Abby Gauthier recorded a goal and two assists as Providence College had six different goal scorers en route to victory over the University of Maine in a Hockey East quarterfinal.

The Friars (15-16-4) registered two goals in each period. Genevieve Lacasse blocked all 38 shots she faced for the shutout.

Brittany Ott made 24 saves on 30 shots for the Black Bears who end their season at 17-11-6.

Baseball

Bates sweeps Oglethorpe

At Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, freshman Nate Pajka hit a home run in each game as Bates College ended its season-opening trip to Georgia with a doubleheader sweep of Oglethorpe University.

The Bobcats (5-2) won the first game 7-5 and completed the sweep with a 6-0 victory in the second game.

In the first game, Steve Burke sparked a three-run second inning for the Bobcats with a two-run single. Pajka hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Griff Tewksbury, Mekae Hyde and Jeff Gunn each hit a double.

In the second game, Michael Spinosa pitched six shutout innings for Bates, allowing just three hits and two walks. Pajka hit a solo home run and a double with two runs scored. Tewksbury smacked a two-run home run in the fifth-inning.

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