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Meinhardt lights a fire under BU

Sophomore guard Katie Meinhardt scored a school-record 43 points to lead eighth-seeded Boston University to an 85-74 win over ninth-seeded Stony Brook last night in the first round of the America East tournament at West Hartford.

The Terriers will face top-seeded Maine this afternoon.

Meinhardt was 15 of 20 from the field and 7 of 8 from 3-point range to break the scoring record of 41 set by Debbie Miller against Fairleigh Dickinson Jan. 23, 1991. Meinhardt also set the BU mark for 3-pointers made in a game and tied the record for field goals.

The Terriers (13-15) jumped to a 14-4 lead and cruised into intermission with a 47-33 advantage. BU was 10 of 15 from behind the arc before the break. Jessica Smith kept the Seawolves (8-20) in the game, scoring 15 of her team-high 24 points in the first half.

A Meinhardt 3-pointer gave BU a 56-37 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the second half. An 11-3 run by the Seawolves cut the deficit to 73-63 at 5:15 but the Terriers retained a double-digit lead.

The Terriers shot 56 percent from behind the arc, hitting 14 of 25 attempts.

Northeastern 49, UMBC 48 -- Lucia Pablos sank two free throws with one second remaining to give the seventh-seeded Huskies (14-14) a first-round win in the America East tourney at West Hartford.

Sharri Rohde's two free throws with 15 seconds remaining had given the Retrievers (8-20) a 48-47 advantage. America East Rookie of the Year Shaleyse Smallwood then found Pablos in the lane. She went up for the shot and was fouled by Courtney Doughman.

The Huskies will face No. 2 seed Hartford today.

Big 12 -- Sophia Young scored 18 points and No. 6 Baylor moved into the semifinals with a 70-52 win over Missouri at Kansas City, Mo. Chameka Scott hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the top-seeded Bears (25-3), who will play Texas Tech today . . . Tiffany Jackson scored 25 points, including 9 down the stretch, to lead No. 11 Texas (21-7) over Oklahoma . . . Alesha Robertson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to lift No. 14 Texas Tech (22-6) over No. 18 Iowa State (23-6).

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The Big East is looking into allegations by Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer that Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma made inappropriate comments to a Scarlet Knights player during the conference title game Tuesday night.

Rutgers guard Cappie Pondexter confronted Auriemma after UConn's 67-51 win.

Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese asked the athletic directors at both schools to talk to their players and coaches and report back to him, said conference spokeswoman Rachel Margolis.

Auriemma contends his comments were made to an official regarding what he said was trash-talking by a Rutgers' player in the closing minutes of the game. But both Pondexter and Stringer believed Auriemma was yelling at the star guard.

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