BRUNSWICK – The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season with a 78-47 victory over Bates at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (23-1) posted their largest margin of victory over the Bobcats (14-9) in 20 years, since a 61-27 win in the 1986-87 season.

Bowdoin came out of the gate fast and furious as Eileen Flaherty buried a 3-pointer just 11 seconds into the game. After the teams traded buckets for the first 10 minutes, the Polar Bears used a 15-1 run to take command.

Julia Loonin keyed the run with a 3-pointer, while Alexa Kaubris and Jill Anelauskas also connected from long-ragne during the streak.

Bates was led by Val Beckwith with 14 points and ShawnRose Lanchantin with 11 points.

The Bobcats turned the ball over 19 times, and Bowdoin held a 46-36 edge on the glass, including 18 offensive rebounds.

USM 67, RIC 57

GORHAM- Senior Ashley Marble recorded her 14th consecutive double-double as fourth-ranked Southern Maine downed Rhode Island College 67-57.

Marble tallied 18 of her game-high 28 points in the first half as the Huskies held a commanding 36-22 lead. Marble also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds as the Huskies won their 18th consecutive game and improved to 21-1.

Maine 59, Binghamton 56

ORONO – Ashley Underwood led Maine in scoring for the third straight game, netting a game-high 19 points, to lead the Black Bears to a 59-56 victory over Binghamton in America East action Saturday.

Bracey Barker just missed her second straight double-double, as she scored 13 points and hauled down nine rebounds to go along with a pair of blocks. Freshman Sandra Vaitkute came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points for the Black Bears (12-10).

The Bearcats (8-15) put a scare into the Black Bears in the late going by scoring 11 straight points to go up 52-49 with 4:16 remaining.

But with 13 seconds left and the Black Bears up by a single point, Barker hit a pair of free throws to put Maine up by three. Abby Greene preserved the win by stealing the ball from Laura Sario at midcourt.

Husson 97, Wheelock 54

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior center Annie McIntosh of New Gloucester had 17 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks to lead Husson to a 97-54 victory over Wheelock.

The Eagles (11-11) jumped out to a 51-29 hafltime lead.

Husson forced 41 Wheelock turnovers and attempted 39 free throws, making 25. Senior forward Carmen Ballard provided 14 points, while senior guard Crystal Martin tallied 13 points and sophomore guard Jenny Rollins chipped in with 11 points.

Men’s basketball

Colby 89, Tufts 84

MEDFORD, Mass. – Drew Cohen finished off a huge weekend for the Mules with 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight blocked shots, seven assists and no turnovers as Colby trumped Tufts 89-84.

The Mules (14-10) led 44-36 at halftime, but the Jumbos (14-9) stormed back and took a 75-66 lead with 7:41 left. Tufts still led 82-77 with only 2:26 remaining, only to see Colby march back with a 12-2 run.

Bowdoin 66, Bates 58

LEWISTON – Sophomore Andrew Hippert scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half as Bowdoin held off Bates for a 66-58 triumph in their regular-season finale.

Bates led throughout the first half before a 11-4 spurt by Bowdoin (14-10) left the Bobcats trailing 27-25 at the half. Kevin Bradley added 11 points while teammate Jordan Fliegel chipped in with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Bates (18-6) was led by senior Zach Ray who finnished with a game-high 18 points. Senior co-captain Rob Stockwell tossed in eight points and hauled down 15 boards in the loss.


Maine 1, Vermont 0

ORONO – Wes Clark scored Maine’s only goal and Dave Wilson finished with 31 saves on Saturday as the Black Bears beat Vermont 1-0.

Clark’s goal came halfway through the first period. Maine (19-8-2, 12-8-1 Hockey East) then held on for the rest of the game despite Vermont’s relentless attack.

Wilson made 13 saves in the third period and won for the second time in relief of Ben Bishop. Wilson has stopped 83 of 86 shots in the past two weeks.

Vermont (15-10-4, 10-7-4) suffered its third straight loss. Mike Spillane finished with 30 saves.

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