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Women's college basketball roundup

Briggs, BU steal one from UNH

Staff And Wire Reports / January 30, 2011

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Kat Briggs stole the ball with 10 seconds left and Boston University hung on to beat New Hampshire, 66-62, yesterday at Case Gym to stay unbeaten in America East play.

The Terriers (12-9, 9-0) led by as many as 13 points in the second half before the Wildcats (6-15, 3-6) ripped off a 21-6 run to go ahead, 57-55, with 4:45 left.

Alex Young (16 points) hit a 3-pointer to put BU back ahead for good, and the Terriers stretched the advantage back to 7 with less than three minutes to go before UNH answered again, closing to within 64-62.

UConn 80, Cincinnati 46 — Maya Moore scored 23 points and the No. 2 Huskies (20-1, 9-0) rolled past the host Bearcats (8-12, 1-7) to earn their 59th consecutive Big East win.

Tiffany Hayes added 16 points for UConn, which won for the eighth straight time since having its 90-game win streak snapped Dec. 30.

St. John’s 69, Providence 53 — Miranda Tate scored 13 points but the Red Storm (15-6, 4-4 Big East) broke away in the second half to knock off the host Friars (9-10, 2-4).

Xavier 67, Rhode Island 45 — The Rams (6-14, 0-6 Atlantic 10) were no match for the No. 7 Musketeers (17-2, 6-0) in Cincinnati, even though Lara Gaspar led all scorers with 22 points.

St. Bonaventure 62, UMass 51 — Cerie Mosgrove finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Minutewomen (6-16, 2-5 Atlantic 10) erased a double-digit deficit in the second half before falling to the Bonnies (15-7, 5-2).

Harvard 67, Cornell 36 — Victoria Lippert scored 15 points and the Crimson (11-6, 3-0 Ivy) held the host Big Red (5-13, 2-2) to 22.9 percent shooting in the easy win.

Penn 52, Brown 32 — Sheila Dixon scored 13 points but was the only double-figure scorer for the Bears (4-14, 0-4 Ivy) in a home loss to the Quakers (7-10, 1-2).

Columbia 67, Dartmouth 61 — Faziah Steen scored 18 of her 28 points in the final 7:28, but the Lions (3-15, 2-2 Ivy) held off the Big Green (4-13, 0-3) in New York.

Princeton 52, Yale 37 — The host Bulldogs (9-8, 2-1 Ivy) got 13 points off the bench from Mady Gobrecht but the Tigers (13-4, 1-0) breezed.

Lehigh 77, Holy Cross 67 — In Worcester, senior Whitney Fremeau collected career highs in 3-pointers (7) and points (26), but the Mountain Hawks (13-9, 3-4 Patriot) dominated inside, outscoring the Crusaders (7-15, 3-4) in the paint, 42-20.

Binghamton 70, Maine 43 — Ashleigh Roberts scored 14 points but the cold-shooting Black Bears (3-18, 1-8 America East) missed all 10 3-point attempts in suffering a road drubbing to the Bearcats (14-8, 7-2).

Sacred Heart 64, St. Francis (Pa.) 61 — Maggie Cosgrove’s trey with 36 seconds left allowed the host Pioneers (12-8, 6-3 Northeast) to get past the Red Flash (12-9, 7-2).

Central Conn. 65, Wagner 52 — Alexzandria Dowdy (14 points) and the host Blue Devils (12-7, 5-4 Northeast) held off the Seawolves (9-11, 2-7) to win their fourth in a row.

Robert Morris 75, Quinnipiac 67 — Kari Goodchild hit for a career-high 16 points, but the visiting Colonials (11-8, 8-1 Northeast) got past the Bobcats (10-10, 7-2).

Bryant 79, Mount St. Mary’s 76 — Siamone Bennett scored a career-high 24 points and hit a key 3-pointer in overtime as the host Bulldogs (7-13, 4-5 Northeast) edged the Mountaineers (4-16, 1-8).

Stanford 74, Oregon St. 44 — Kayla Pedersen scored a season-high 21 points to lead the No. 4 Cardinal (18-2, 9-0 Pac-10) to the easy road win over the Beavers (7-13, 0-9).

Notre Dame 58, Villanova 43 — Devereaux Peters scored 20 points and the No. 9 Fighting Irish (18-4, 7-1 Big East) beat the Wildcats (8-12, 0-7) for their fifth straight win and 13th in 14 games.

Bentley 73, Pace 61 — Freshman Jacqui Brugliera led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds and the host Falcons (16-3, 13-2 Northeast-10), ranked 13th in Division 2, never trailed in knocking off the Setters (16-5, 10-5).

Assumption 57, Southern N.H. 45 — Molly Griffiths and Kelly Meredith each scored 18 points and the visiting Greyhounds (14-5, 12-3 NE-10) shut down the Penwomen (10-9, 8-7).

AIC 60, Saint Anselm 54 — Josephine McLane hit a layup with 1:23 left to put the Yellow Jackets (14-6, 10-5 NE-10) ahead for good and AIC held on to turn back the Hawks (8-11, 5-10) in Manchester, N.H.

Merrimack 80, New Haven 79 — Tiffany Colon hit a free throw with 0.3 seconds left, allowing the host Warriors (9-9, 7-7 NE-10) to escape with a win over the Chargers (2-17, 1-14).

Babson 78, Smith 55 — Nicki Wurdeman scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half and the host Beavers (18-0, 12-0), ranked fifth in Division 3, wore down the Pioneers (9-9, 6-6) to post their 37th straight NEWMAC win.

Amherst 72, Bowdoin 48 — Jaci Daigneault (16 points, 12 rebounds) was one of three players to earn double-doubles and the Jeffs (19-1, 15-0 NESCAC), ranked No. 4 in Division 3, led from start to finish in a blowout of the Polar Bears (15-4, 2-3) that stretched their home winning streak to 40.

Williams 72, Middlebury 55 — Taylor Shea scored 18 points and the seventh-ranked Ephs (19-1, 5-0 NESCAC) raced out to a 17-2 lead and breezed past the visiting Panthers (12-5, 2-3).

Tufts 57, Wesleyan 47 — Collier Clegg came off the bench to score 12 points and the Jumbos (15-3, 4-2 NESCAC) pulled away in the second half to beat the Cardinals (6-12, 0-6) in Medford.

Salve Regina 71, N.E. College 55 — Marissa Pendergast scored all 20 of her points in the second half and the Seahawks (16-3, 7-0) sank the Pilgrims (10-9, 3-4) to stay tied atop the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Endicott.

Endicott 52, Gordon 36 — Ashley Vitale scored 19 points and the Gulls (13-4, 7-0 Commonwealth Coast) dominated the Fighting Scots (2-17, 1-6) in Wenham.

Western Conn. 67, UMass-Dartmouth 40 — Melissa Teel scored 22 points and added 16 rebounds, giving her a school-record 923 boards, and Karli Spera scored 21 points en route to topping the 1,000 mark for her career as the Colonials (16-3, 8-1 Little East) rolled past the Corsairs (6-14, 2-7) in Danbury, Conn.