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UNH rally thwarted

Messam 3-pointer boosts Hartford

The University of New Hampshire came all the way back from a 25-point first-half deficit to take the lead with less than three seconds remaining in the game, but a 3-pointer by Erika Messam as time ran out lifted the University of Hartford to a 61-60 victory last night in Durham, N.H.

After the Hawks (16-6, 10-3 America East) took an 18-point halftime lead, the Wildcats (11-11, 7-6) used a full-court press to mount a comeback, led by sophomore Ray Williams, who scored 10 consecutive UNH points in a 3 1/2-minute span. The Hawks regained a 13-point lead with 6:31 remaining, but UNH scored 13 unanswered points to tie the game at 56 with 1:42 left.

The teams traded baskets and then Whitney Edwards got her seventh steal of the game for UNH and Lindsay Adams hit a jumper to give UNH its first lead since early in the first half.

With 2.8 seconds left, Hartford inbounded the ball and got it to Messam on the right wing. Her shot, released as the buzzer went off, was the only 3-pointer the Hawks made in the second half after going 5 for 7 in the first, and gave Hartford the win.

Baylor 74, Missouri 57 -- At Waco, Texas, Steffanie Blackmon had a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the seventh-ranked Lady Bears (20-3, 10-2 Big 12), who reached the 20-victory plateau for the fifth consecutive season under coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson.

Rutgers 64, Syracuse 54 -- Cappie Pondexter scored 7 straight points in the last three minutes to break open a close game and finished with 25 points, helping the No. 10 Scarlet Knights (19-5, 10-2 Big East) hold off the host Orange.

North Carolina 78, Wake Forest 69 -- Nikita Bell had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Erlana Larkins added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the host No. 8 Tar Heels (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their seventh straight game.

Connecticut 67, Georgetown 49 -- Ann Strother scored 20 points and the No. 11 Huskies overcome a second straight sloppy first half to claim their 18th straight win over the Hoyas (9-14, 4-8 Big East).

Texas 64, Kansas St. 60 -- Jamie Carey scored 21 points, and the No. 13 visiting Longhorns (16-7, 9-3 Big 12) withstood a late rally by the No. 18 Wildcats (17-6, 8-4).

Texas Tech 66, Kansas 53 -- The visiting No. 15 Lady Raiders (18-5, 9-3 Big 12) shot 80 percent in the first 10 minutes and were 25 for 44 in the game.

Iowa St. 90, Oklahoma St. 65 -- Mary Fox made all but one shot in scoring a career-high 28 points, and Katie Robinette added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 19 host Cyclones (19-4, 9-3 Big 12).

Stony Brook 79, BU 65 -- The Seawolves ended a three-game winning streak for the Terriers (11-11, 6-7 America East).

Bentley 71, UMass-Lowell 56 -- Shevon Gibbons registered 21 points and six rebounds as the visiting Falcons (22-6, 16-4 Northeast-10) handed the River Hawks (14-12, 11-10) their third straight loss.


UMass-Boston 8, Salve Regina 1 -- Sophomore Andrea Ciarletta of Watertown scored four goals for the second game in a row to lead the Beacons (9-12-1, 8-8-1) to an ECAC East victory over the visiting Seahawks (3-18-3, 2-14-3).

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