NEW LONDON, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer scored the last six points of the game on Saturday, but could not make up the deficit as Husson University of Bangor held on for the North Atlantic Conference victory.
Brooks Spaulding (7 rebounds) and Eric Modica scored 14 points each to lead the way for the Eagles (6-4, 4-1 NAC), who shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the floor. Marc Zaharchuk netted 11 points and Aaron Willis added nine for the winners, who took the lead for good on a Spaulding free throw with 5:23 to play.
Mike Dias netted a game-high 16 points for Colby-Sawyer (3-8, 3-3 NAC). Kyle Nelson posted 13 points while Paul Holland and Wol Majong contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
College of St. Joe’s 89, UMFK 56
RUTLAND, Vt. – The College of Saint Joseph defeated U-Maine-Fort Kent 89-56 Sunday afternoon in a USCAA matchup .
The host Saints (6-8) held UMFK (0-12) to 24 percent shooting in the first half (5-21) and 36 percent overall (15-42) in the win.
CSJ was led by Dre Anderson’s game-high 23 points. UMFK was led by Yoshives Belizaire’s 16 points.
Colby 69, Hamilton 65
WATERVILLE, Maine —- Chris Hudnut made his first collegiate New England Small College Athletic Conference game one he will not forget after posting game-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Colby College men’s basketball team to a 69-65 win over Hamilton College on Sunday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
Colby moves to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Hamilton falls to 7-7 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC.
Hudnut, a 6-foot-8 first-year center, shot 9-for-12 from the field and made all three of his 3-point field goal attempts.
Colby point guard Shane Rogers had eight assists and no turnovers, while Sam Willson, Patrick Stewart, and Danny Chase all had 10 points. Luke Westman was 2-for-2 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line for seven points.
The Mules shot a blistering 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from 3-point range and had a 33-29 rebounding advantage. Hamilton had a 21-14 advantage on the boards in the opening half.
First-year guard Matt Hart had 14 of his team-high 22 points in the first half for Hamilton. Greg Newton added 14 points and Bradley Gifford finished with 12 for the Continentals. Hart also had seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
Hart tied the game at 65-65 with a 3-point shot with 2:17 to play, but Hudnut nailed a pair of clutch free throws with 1:57 remaining. After a missed 3-point shot by Hamilton, Rogers went 1-for-2 from the foul line with 22 seconds remaining. The Continentals missed another 3-point shot for the tie with 10 seconds remaining and Stewart pulled down the rebound for Colby. Connor O’Neil made one of his two free throws with 4.7 seconds left for the final point.
UMF 74, Lyndon State 59
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Ben Johnson had 26 points, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots as the University of Maine at Farmington defeated Lyndon 74-59 Saturday. The loss was the first for the Hornets in North Atlantic Conference play this season.
Andrew Dickey had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Beavers (8-3, 4-2) while Yusuf Iman and Nick Hilton added 14 and 10 points respectively. Sam Leal had a team-high five assists in the victory.
Devyn Baranauskas collected 22 points and three assists for Lyndon (5-4, 4-1) and George Carle had 13 points and five rebounds. Jose Fortunato chipped in six assists and six rebounds; and Jason Gray blocked two shots in the contest.
New England College 89, MMA 82
At Henniker, N.H., Ryan Schmitz and Abdirahman Mohamed tossed in 22 points apiece Saturday to carry the Pilgrims to the NAC victory.
Jonathan Byrnes registered 11 points on 11-for-14 foul shooting and added nine rebounds and seven assists for New England College (1-11, 1-5 NAC).
Paul Campbell connected for a game-high 25 points to propel Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (3-7, 2-3 NAC). Andy Ball (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Logan Poirier (12 points, 10 rebounds) each logged a double-double for the Mariners. Tyler Chiasson chipped in with eight points and six assists.
Johnson State 87, Thomas 84
At Johnson, Vt., the hosts grabbed the lead with 4:46 remaining and held on to edge the Terriers in NAC action on Saturday.
Bryan Hickey’s 25-point, 13-rebound performance led the way for Johnson State (4-6, 2-2 NAC), while Josh Reed and Ron Adrian scored 17 points each. Asim Khan (6 assists) and Andy Bousono (7 assists) added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Franklin Salvador finished with a game-best 26 points to spark Thomas College of Waterville (5-4, 2-3 NAC). Jarrad DeVaughn scored 14 points and Garen Manzo hit for 13, while Levi Barnes and Adam Carlsen contributed 11 points each.
Southern Maine 90, Keene State 83
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, Maine) scored a season-best 21 points in his first start of the season to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 90-83 win over the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gym in Keene, N.H.
The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the Little East Conference. The win over Keene State is the first for the Huskies in their last nine tries and marks the first time since 1979 that USM defeated the Owls on their home court. The Huskies are also 3-0 to start LEC play for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. The loss stops a two-game win streak for KSC and drops its record to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the LEC.
Bergeron knocked down five three-pointers and was 6-for-12 from the field overall en route to his game-high total. He added a team-high seven rebounds and had two blocked shots. Junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) added 19 points, five assists and three steals, while senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior forward James Odneal (Pontiac, Mich./Bottineau) tossed in 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting as four USM players reached double-digits in scoring.
Senior forward Eric Fazio (Hopewell Junction, NY/Our Lady of Lords) led KSC with 19 points. Senior guard Ryan Martin (Wayne, Maine/Maranacook) and Rashad Wright (Agawam, Mass./South Kent) each had 17 points, while Wright had a game-high 13 boards. Sophomore Tom Doyle (Wallingford, Conn./Notre Dame) chipped in with 12 points and three assists.
With the score tied at 55 with 11:48 to pay, USM used a 17-5 run over the next five minutes to grab a 72-60 lead and grab its third conference win of the season in as many tries. After a three from KSC’s Martin to knot the score up at 55, Bergeron started the run with a three to the lead, which the Huskies’ never relinquished. A layup from Owl junior Montell Walcott (New Haven, Conn./Hyde Leadership) cut the USM lead to a point, but one of two free throws from Sullivan and another three from Bergeron started a quick 8-0 run for a 66-57 lead with 8:16 to play.
The Huskies maintained between an 8-10 point lead over the next six minutes and led 81-71 with 2:25 to play before the Owls made a final push to pull to within two possessions, 82-77, with a 6-1 run. Wright had four points, while Fazio sank two free throws to lead the Owls’ charge, but USM’s Bergeron sank two free throws on his team’s next possession and USM closed out the game making 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch for the win.
St. Joseph’s 75, Norwich 64
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Senior Josh Cabrera (Providence, R.I.) of the Norwich University men’s basketball team scored a season-high 28 points, but it would not be enough as the Cadets fell 75-64 to the Monks of St. Joseph’s College (ME) on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action at Andrews Hall.
With the loss, the Cadets fall to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in GNAC play, while the win boosts the visiting Monks to 7-3 and 3-1 in league action.
Cabrera connected for 18 of his 28 points in the first half. The senior guard shot 10-19 from field goal range, 4-8 from behind the arc and 4-4 from the free-throw line.
The lead would change hands twice and the score would knot three times in the first half. The Monks led by as many as six points in the opening minutes of the game, before the Cadets answered with six-straight points to even the score at 12-12. A three-point basket by Cabrera would give the Cadets a four-point lead with 12:55 to play, but St. Joseph’s answered with six-straight to reclaim the lead at 20-18.
The Monks would extend their first-half lead to nine with 1:10 left to play and would see Norwich’s Tom McDonald (Groton, Mass.) hit a three-point basket and a free-throw on the next trip cut the lead to five.
Saint Joseph’s Matthew Medeiros connected on a three-pointer with one second left on the clock to extend the Monks’ lead to 39-31 entering halftime.
The Monks would not relinquish the lead in the second half and led by as much as 15 late in the half. With 11:39 left to play in the game the Cadets cut the lead to five on a jumper by Nickolai Havoutis (Coral Springs, Fla.), but Monks wasted no time building the lead to 64-49 with 4:53 to play.
A pair of free-throws by Evan Tullar (Chelsea, Vt.) with 2:25 remaining would help cut the Monks’ lead back to single-digits, but Norwich was forced to foul to gain possession in the final minutes of the game which allowed St. Joseph’s to clinch the 75-64 final.
In addition to Cabrera, the Cadets were led by Havoutis with 14 points and Tullar with 11 points. Both Havoutis and Tullar led the team on the boards with five rebounds apiece. The Cadets shot 40.4 percent from the floor and connected on seven of 23 three-point attempts.
The Monks saw three players score in double-digits, as Medeiros and Nicholas Jobin both chipped in with 21 points and Steve Simonds added 17. Jobin led the team in rebounding with seven, while Julio Vasquez dished out a game-high six assists. The Monks shot 49.1 percent from the floor and also connected on seven three-pointers throughout the game.
Williams 80, Bates 69
LEWISTON, Maine — Taylor Epley scored 30 points and Michael Mayer added 22 as No. 21 nationally ranked Williams College defeated the Bates College men’s basketball team 80-69 on Saturday in Alumni Gymnasium.
Williams (12-1, 2-0 NESCAC) shot 51.0 percent from the field (26/51), 41.7% from three-point distance (10/24) and 78.3% at the free throw line (18/23) in winning its seventh straight game. The Ephs built a 36-27 halftime lead and then elevated their offensive performance in the second period, making 12 of 21 field goal attempts (57.1%), to stay ahead of the Bobcats.
Bates played tough in a losing effort for the second time in as many days against a nationally ranked opponent, following Friday night’s 59-56 setback to No. 2 Middlebury. The Bobcats outrebounded the Ephs 38-33, committed only 10 turnovers to Williams’ 13 and shot well from beyond the arc at 39.1% overall (9/23), including 46.2% in the second half (6/13).
First-year forward Mike Boornazian made his second career start and led Bates with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, for his first double-double. Graham Safford added 17 points and a career-high seven assists, while Luke Matarazzo and Ed Bogdanovich added 13 and 12 points apiece.
Daniel Wohl scored 11 points with a team-high eight rebounds for Williams. James Klemm also netted 11 points, and Nate Robertson doled out five assists.
Roger Williams 63, UNE 45
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Roger Williams University held the University of New England scoreless for more than six minutes to begin the second period, erasing a six-point halftime deficit on the way to a 63-45 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball victory Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The Hawks improve to 5-6 overall and even their record in league play at 2-2 with the win. The Nor’easters slip back to 1-9 on the year (0-3 CCC).
Sophomore Joseph Henry (Medway, Mass.) led all scorers with 15 points — including 12 in the final 20 minutes — and picked up three steals in the contest. Senior James LeCardi (Fair Haven, N.J.) chipped in with 11 points and four steals, while classmate Mike Igoe (Lexington, Mass.) came off the Hawks’ bench to register 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Igoe made all six of his field goals tries, and, as a team, RWU connected at a 49-percent clip (24-for-49) from the floor on the day.
Big Blue junior Charles Fenner III (Bronx, N.Y.) paced the hosts with 11 points and four steals. Sophomore Jake Abel (Fairfield, Calif.) added eight points, while junior Joshua Butler (Nantucket, Mass.) and first-year Jesse Dykstra (Douglas, Mass.) combined for 13 points and 20 boards. Butler also had three rejections in the game, and the Nor’easters out-rebounded their opponent by a 38-31 margin.
Trailing 31-25 at the break, the Hawks scored the first 10 points of the frame over 5:51 to assume a lead they would not relinquish. With a few minutes left on the clock, Roger Williams had methodically upped the difference to 19 (57-38).
The advantage changed hands seven times in the opening half, but UNE separated itself over the closing eight minutes of the stanza with an 15-3 run. Fenner III had six points in the stretch. The Nor’easters converted 39 percent of their shots in the initial 20 minutes, as opposed to 15 percent after intermission.
Brown 6, Maine 5
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Maine women’s hockey team slipped to 3-15-1 with a 6-5 loss to Brown Sunday.
Brittany Doughterty led Maine with two goals and an assist.
Brown (3-9-1) got on the board first off the stick of Lauren Vella. Vella found the back of the net at 13:36 of the first period.
Dougherty tallied her first goal of the game at 15:11 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Kayla Kaluzny had the assist on the power play.
In the second period, Vella registered her second goal of the game at 2:18 on the power play and Laurie Jolin scored at 18:53.
Maine’s Rachel Bellio notched her first career goal at 6:18 of the third period with assists from Jillian Langtry and Dougherty. Maine’s Audra Richards scored on the power play on a Chloe Tinkler assist at 9:03 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3.
The Brown Bears then three unanswered goals for a 6-3 lead. Dougherty answered for Maine at 16:18 and Jennifer More cut it to 6-5 at 18:23.
Brittany Ott made 17 saves for Maine and Meghann Treacy had four. Katie Jamieson had 22 saves for Brown.
UMPI 56, Fisher 44
LYNN, Mass. — Amanda Hotham came off the bench to score a career high 20 points to lead the University of Maine-Presque Isle women’s basketball team to a 56-44 victory over host Fisher College Friday night. The win was the first of the season for the Owls (1-8). Fisher remains winless at 0-11.
The Owls appeared to be heading into halftime trailing on the road, down 23-18 with 4:15 left. But Hotham scored 6 points in a 8-3 run to tie the game 26-26 at the break.
UMPI established and maintained a lead of four points or less for most of the second half. Finally, up 45-42 with 3:29 remaining, the Owls outscored the Falcons 11-2 to close out the game.
Yendriga finished with her first career double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), while Cochran scored 8 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in 18 minutes of work. Guard Olivia McNally also dished out a career high 10 assists in the win.
The Falcons (0-11) were paced by two double-digit scorers, Javana Bernard, 22, and Porsha Grayson, 14.
UMFK 71, College of St. Joe’s 59
RUTLAND, Vt. – Freshmen Samantha Carapellucci scored a career high 24 points to lead the UMaine-Fort Kent women’s basketball team over the College of Saint Joseph 71-59 Sunday.
Carapellucci, a freshman forward from Fort Kent, made 10 of 15 shots and UMFK shot 54 percent.
Jennifer Colpitts and Brooke Harris added 17 points each for 7-5 UMFK.
Brittany Garrow had 16 for 3-6 CSJ-VT.
UMF 65, Lyndon State 57
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The University of Maine at Farmington women’s basketball team had four players score in double-figures as it recorded a 65-57 victory over Lyndon Saturday in North Atlantic Conference play.
Kenni Norton led the way with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort and teammate Lindsay Ranquist added 11 points and two blocked shots. Elizabeth Ferry had 11 points for UMF (2-8, 2-3) and two blocks while Holly Oliver contributed 10 points and five steals.
Donna Lawson had 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Hornets (4-5, 2-3) and Aimee Thompson tallied eight points to go along with six rebounds. Chelsea Bagley handed out four assists in the loss.
Thomas 67, Johnson State 66
At Johnson, Vt., Emilee Reynolds made two baskets late as the Terriers scored the last five points of the contest to escape with a North Atlantic Conference victory on Saturday.
Megan Pelletier led Thomas College of Waterville (3-6, 2-4 NAC) with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Ashleigh Gagne posted 14 points and seven rebounds and Jasmine Bishop provided a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Johnson State (2-9, 0-5 NAC) received 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Mary Richardson. Ashley Jones and Lazrin Schenck added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Colby-Sawyer 71, Husson 59
At New London, N.H., the Chargers stormed their way to 47 points in the second half to earn a North Atlantic Conference win over the Eagles.
Taylor DeSanty’s 18 points paced Colby-Sawyer (8-4, 6-0 NAC), while Ashley Fruzzetti scored 14 points and Kelsey Cahill registered 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Stephanie Comstock led the way for Husson University of Bangor (1-8, 1-4 NAC) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Kelli Murray tallied 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Amanda Johnson added 11 points and five steals.
New England College 67, MMA 40
HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College stayed unbeaten in the North Atlantic Conference with a 67-40 win over Maine Maritime Saturday. The Pilgrims improved to 10-2 overall, 6-0 NAC while the Mariners dropped to 3-6, 2-3.
Leading the way for NEC was Stephanie Parker who led all scorers finishing with 18 point on 6-of-7 shooting, including five three-pointer. Kate Levy chipped in 11 points and Markey Flewelling finished with 10 points for the Pilgrims.
The two teams battled through a low scoring opening minutes before Maine Maritime grabbed its first lead of the half going up 9-8 on a three-pointer from Casey Everest. The Pilgrims responded with a 15-1 run building their lead to 23-10. Maine Maritime hit back-to-back three-pointers slicing the lead to 23-16 but again the Pilgrims responded by closing out the half outscoring Maine Maritime 9-2 in the final minutes to head into halftime up 32-18.
Colby 44, Hamilton 41
WATERVILLE, Maine —- The Colby College women’s basketball team led 33-17 with 7:43 left in the game, but had to hold off a furious Hamilton College rally to secure a 44-41 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Sunday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Mules move to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while Hamilton falls to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Both teams struggled from the field, with Colby shooting 30 percent (13-for-43) and Hamilton at 27 percent (17-for-63).
Diana Manduca led the Mules (6-6 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) with 12 points and six rebounds, while Carylanne Wolfington finished with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jacky McLaughlin added 10 points and Jen Nale (Waterville, Maine) chipped in six.
Dani Feigin led Hamilton with 12 points, four assists, and two steals. Madie Harlem and Eliza Howe each had 10 points, while Kim Goidell had eight rebounds. Harlem also had six rebounds and four assists.
The first half was a struggle for both squads. Neither team managed a point for the opening 4:21 of play until Howe scored on a short jumper for Hamilton. Colby did not have a made field goal for the first 6:40 of the contest. With the score 10-10 with 5:39 to play, the Mules went on a 12-1 run to take a 22-11 halftime margin. McLaughlin had five points and an assist in the scoring run.
The second half also started slow, with the Mules scoring the first four points to take a 26-11 margin with 15:44 to play. Hamilton needed 5:36 to score its first points of the second half.
Colby took its biggest lead of the game at 16 points (33-17) with 7:43 to play, but Hamilton did not give up. The Continentals cut the lead to eight points at 35-27 with 3:59 to go, but the Mules hit four straight free throws to go up 39-27 with 3:07 remaining.
Feigin nailed a 3-point shot with 2:10 remaining, Howe hit a jumper with 1:42 to go, and Harlem scored on a drive to the basket with 1:09 left to cut the lead to 39-34.
The Mules appeared to hold off the rally when Manduca nailed two free throws with 53 seconds remaining for a 41-34 lead. However, Feigin nailed another 3-point shot 10 seconds later and suddenly it was a 41-37 game. Nale calmly sank two free throws for the Mules with 23 seconds left for a 43-37 lead and Gabe Donahue was 1-for-2 from the line with 13 seconds left for a 44-37 margin.
Hamilton ran out of time in its comeback chance.
USM 76, Keene State 57
KEENE, N.H. – Senior guard Nicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a season-high 21 points and knocked down five three-pointers to lead five players in double figures as the 15th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Keene State College Owls 76-57 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium in Keene, N.H.
The win is the 13th consecutive for the Huskies who remain undefeated at 13-0 and 3-0 in the Little East Conference. With their 13-0 start the Huskies match their best start since the 1991-1992 season. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Owls who fall to 5-7 overall and remain winless in the LEC at 0-3.
Garland was 5-11 from three-point range for the Huskies who shot 45.0 percent (9-for-20) from beyond the arc for the game. Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Haley Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) tossed in 14 points, two assists and three steals off of the bench for USM on a 4-for-8 effort from the floor. Junior guard Erin McNamara (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) added 12 points, while senior forwardJordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) had her fifth double-double of the season with a neat 10 point, 10 rebound performance.
Sophomore guard Christan Wojtas (Amherst, N.H./Soughegan) paced the Owls with 17 points and five rebounds, including a trio of three-pointers. Senior guard Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) added 15 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Garland scored 20 of her 21 points as the Huskies held a slim 36-34 lead at the break. Keene State continued to keep the game close after halftime as USM was unable to break away from KSC until late in the second half with a backbreaking 17-1 run. Ahead by just three points, 55-52, following a pair of free throws from KSC’s Carnell at the 8:50 mark, USM scored seven straight points to pull ahead of the Owls 63-52 led by four consecutive free throws from Knight, a layup from Jordan and another set of free throws from Grant with 6:34 to play. Carnell
One of two free throws from Carnell broke up the Huskies’ scoring to put the score at 63-53 in favor of the Huskies, before Jordan nailed a three off of an assist from Knight to jump start a 10-0 run. After Jordan’s three, Knight scored for straight points on two free throws and a layup and Grant finished the run with a set of free throws after a Jordan steal. After the run, USM held its largest lead of the game 72-53 with 3:01 to play. Both teams exchanged successful possessions down the stretch for the 76-57 final.
After shooting just 35.7 percent (10-for-28) in the first half, Southern Maine rebounded to finish the game shooting 40.8 percent (10-for-21) in the second half. The Huskies were very strong on the free throw line sinking 27 of 29 (93.1 percent) led by a 9-for-10 performance from Knight.
The Owls shot 38.5 percent (20-for-52) from the field. KSC opened the game hot shooting 48.3 percent in the first half (14-for-29) including a 6-for-10 effort from three-point range, but did not hit a three in the second half.
Williams 71, Bates 36
LEWISTON, Maine — Williams College senior Grace Rehnquist poured in a career-high 32 points off the bench, including 22 in the first half, and the Ephs held Bates College to season lows in points and shooting for a 71-36 NESCAC women’s basketball victory on Saturday.
Williams (10-2, 1-1 NESCAC) rebounded from its conference-play-opening loss at Tufts on Friday, while handing Bates (5-7, 0-2 NESCAC) its second loss in as many days.
Rehnquist made 12-of-20 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. By halftime she had already scored the most points by a Williams player this season. Jennie Harding was the only other Eph in double figures with 13 points. Claire Baecher grabbed 13 rebounds and Danny Rainer made an enormous contribution with nine assists and seven rebounds.
Bates senior Allie Beaulieu led the Bobcats in scoring (10), rebounding (8) and assists (4). Bates made 13 of 49 shots from the field in the game (26.5%), including 4-of-24 in the second half (16.7%). From three-point territory, the Bobcats made just 3-of-20 shots (15.0%), and at the free-throw line they were an uncharacteristic 7-for-15 (46.7%).
Rehnquist entered the game early in the first half and immediately made her first three to give Williams the lead for good at 10-7. After a missed three by Bates, Rainer rebounded a teammate’s miss and fed Rehnquist for another three for a 13-7 Williams lead, prompting a Bates timeout.
A three by Harding gave Williams its first double-digit lead at 26-16 with 6:41 to go in the half. Bates countered with buckets by Brianna Hawkins and Beaulieu, and Williams called timeout. Out of the break, Rainer found Harding open for another three, and Rehnquist returned the lead to double digits with a layup on a Rainer assist. Rehnquist proceeded to drain three more threes and added a layup for good measure over the final three minutes of the half, giving Williams a 43-24 lead at the break. In her mere 12 minutes of action in the first stanza, Rehnquist made 8-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point land. Harding had 11 points at the break. For Bates, Beaulieu topped the halftime ledger with seven points.
Rainer opened the second half with her first points, driving across the lane for a layup, to expand the lead to 45-24. Beaulieu made her second three and Julia Rafferty sank a jumper to cut the advantage to 16 (45-29) with 15:42 left, but that was as close as Bates would come the rest of the way, as Williams sprang for 17 unanswered points, including 10 by Rehnquist, and a 62-29 lead with 10:54 to go.
St. Joseph’s 71, Norwich 48
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—The Norwich University women’s basketball team dropped its first Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup of the season, falling 71-48 to Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) on Saturday afternoon in Andrews Hall.
With the loss, the Cadets fall to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in GNAC action, while the win boosts the visiting Monks to 7-5 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Seven different players scored for St. Joseph’s in the first half, including Lindsay Moore, who led all scorers with 14 first-half points. The lead would change hands three times in the half, as the Monks controlled the lead in the opening minutes of the game by scoring the first five points of the game.
Norwich would respond with five points of their own to tie, and then took their own five-point lead at 10-5 with 16 minutes left in the half. The Monks would outscore the Cadets 6-1 in the next two minutes to tie the score at 11 apiece with just under 14 minutes to play. From there, the Monks would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game, extending their first half lead 40-24 on a layup by Moore with as time expired.
The Monks shot 54.8 percent in the first half while holding the Cadets to 25 percent shooting.
St. Joseph’s capitalized on 40.9 percent shooting from the floor and 10-17 shooting from the free-throw line to extend their lead in the second half. Norwich connected on 11 of 28 attempts from the floor in the second half, but shot 0-for-5 from three-point range.
The Cadets were led by Jessalyn Sweeney (Standfordville, N.Y.), who scored a team-high 14 points in addition to adding six rebounds and five steals. Kristin Brown (Williamstown, Vt.)aided the Cadets with 12 points and three rebounds. Aliah Curry (Windsor, Mass.) rounded out the top scorers for Norwich with nine points.
Moore totaled 18 points for the Monks and added 11 rebounds to notch the double-double. Mackenzie Dufour and Danyelle Shufelt contributed 10 points apiece, while Dufour and Sarah Assante both dished out four assists.
UNE 74, Roger Williams 53
BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England Nor’easters pulled away with a 25-4 run down the stretch to defeat Roger Williams University, 74-53, in Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball action Saturday (Jan. 5) afternoon at the Harold Alfond Forum.
Sophomore forward Kelly Coleman (Portland, Conn.) scored a career-best 23 points, including 17 after halftime, to lead the Nor’easters (6-4, 3-0 CCC). She also grabbed 11 rebounds and added five steals. First-year guard Sadie DiPierro (South Portland, Maine) came off the bench to net 13 points, while classmate Lauren Hayden (Chatilly, Va.) added 10 points, seven boards, five assists and five steals.
Roger Williams (5-6, 1-3) was led by senior forward Alexandria Lanieri (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), who recorded 14 points, 14 boards and three blocked shots. Junior Ari Renwick (Westwood, Mass.) contributed 13 points and four steals, and junior Kaitlyn Bovee (Berlin, Conn.) added 11 points.
Leading 40-23 at the break, the Nor’easters saw their lead evaporate early in the second half. Roger Williams opened the frame with a 15-2 run over the opening 5:46 to slice its deficit to four (42-38). Lanieri tallied six points during the run.
After UNE scored the next three points to push its lead back up to seven (45-38), the Hawks reeled off eight consecutive points for their first lead (46-45) since the opening bucket of the contest.
Big Blue senior Beth Suggs (Bath, Maine) gave the hosts the lead back with a layup, then Coleman followed with a fastbreak conversion to give UNE a three-point (49-46) margin. Roger Williams then drew even when Renwick nailed a trey to tie the tilt at 49.
From that point, it was all UNE. Coleman put Big Blue ahead for good with a three-pointer at the 7:24 mark. After a couple of scoreless minutes, DiPierro contributed eight points and Coleman five during a 2:34 span as the Nor’easters built a 65-51 cushion to seize control.
The first half was tight for the opening eight minutes until UNE cobbled together a 12-0 run to establish a 27-15 advantage. Five different players scored during the spurt, which was capped by a DiPierro layup with 7:17 remaining. The Nor’easters were able to build their 17-point halftime lead thanks in part to 21 Roger Williams turnovers.
For the game, UNE forced 33 Hawk miscues while pulling down 17 offensive rebounds.