Women's Basketball Roundup

Wilson (31 points), Huskies keep up fast pace

Alexis Gray-Lawson helped Cal leave Bonnie Barbee and Colorado State behind. Alexis Gray-Lawson helped Cal leave Bonnie Barbee and Colorado State behind. (Thearon W. Henderson/Ap)
From Staff And Wire Reports / December 6, 2009

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Brittany Wilson scored a career-high 31 points, including a perfect 12 for 12 from the foul line, and Northeastern defeated Holy Cross, 89-82, in double overtime yesterday at the Hart Center in Worcester.

The win improved the Huskies to 5-2, their best start since the 1998-99 season.

Kim Carr had 17 points and seven rebounds and Kendra Walton scored 11 points for NU, including two big 3-pointers to start the second overtime as the Huskies finally pulled away.

Bethany O’Dell led the Crusaders (3-6) with 22 points, including 6 of 12 3-pointers, and Briana McFadden added 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Huskies dominated the second overtime, thanks to Walton. Her two treys offset a jumper by Amy Lepley to put NU ahead, 80-76. Wilson sank two free throws and Jamie Conroy added a layup to finish the 10-2 run that finished off Holy Cross.

BC 75, Monmouth 49 - Carolyn Swords scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and freshman Kerri Shields added 12 points to help the host Eagles roll past the Hawks.

Stefanie Murphy added 10 points and Mickel Picco 9 for the Eagles (5-3), who rode an early 18-8 run to take command. The lead grew to 26-12 on a Shields’ 3-pointer.

The Eagles used a 12-4 run to open the second half to build a 45-28 lead, and the Hawks (3-4) never threatened.

Providence 71, URI 62 - Chelsea Marandola scored 16 points and Emily Cournoyer added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks to power the Friars (7-1) past the host Rams (3-5), who got 14 points and seven rebounds from Andrea Buck.

UMass 69, Brown 54 - Kristina Danella came off the bench to score 16 points - 13 in the first half - and lead the Minutewomen past the Bears, who got a career-high 25 points from Hannah Passafuime in the Brown BEAR Classic in Providence.

Quinnipiac 68, Morgan St. 57 - Kathleen Neyens scored 17 points as the Bobcats (2-3) topped the Bears (3-4) to reach the final of the Brown BEAR Classic.

St. Peter’s 66, UNH 47 - Natasha Morris scored 16 points and the Peahens (2-3) pulled away to down the visiting Wildcats (3-4), who were led by Candace Williams’s 15 points and eight rebounds.

Vermont 78, Manhattan 59 - May Kotsopoulos scored 17 points and Courtnay Pilypaitis added 12 points and 10 assists as the host Catamounts (4-1) crushed the Jaspers (3-3).

West Virginia 88, Maine 32 - Madina Ali led five players in double figures with 18 points and the host Mountaineers (7-1) routed the overmatched Black Bears (2-4), who were led by Kristin Baker’s 12 points.

Yale 54, Bucknell 50 - Melissa Colborne led the way with 10 points and all nine Bulldogs (3-3) scored in a nonconference win over the host Bison (2-6).

Sacred Heart 64, Fairleigh Dickinson 48 - Callan Taylor scored 18 points and the visiting Pioneers (4-3) opened Northeast Conference play with an easy win over the Knights (2-5).

LIU 67, Central Conn. St. 60 - Kerrianne Dugan scored 13 points but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Devils (2-5, 0-1 Northeast) to get past the Blackbirds (5-3, 1-0) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Baylor 77, La. Tech 67 - Brittney Griner scored 22 points to lead the No. 8 Lady Bears (7-1) past the Lady Techsters (3-2) in Waco, Texas.

Texas A&M 72, So. Illinois 58 - Tanisha Smith scored 20 points and the No. 10 Aggies (5-0) used a late run to beat the Salukis (0-5) in the opening round of the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, Calif.

California 78, Colorado St. 44 - Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 15 points and the No. 20 Golden Bears (4-2) rolled past the Rams (5-3) in the Colliers International Classic.