FARMINGTON – Senior Kari Simpson scored 14 of her game-high 22 points to help lead the top-ranked University of Maine at Farmington to a 60-45 victory over Husson to advance to the womens North Atlantic Conference finals.

UMF used 9-0 runs in both the first and second halves to seal the victory. Karen Sirois and Stephanie Bossie combined for 17 points as 10 different players hit the scoring column for the Beavers (24-3).

Simpson also hauled 10 rebounds in the victory. Annie McIntosh paced Husson (14-13) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

UMF will meet Maine Maritime in the conference finals for the third consecutive season.

Maine Maritime 53, Castleton St. 38

FARMINGTON – Julia Knights led all scorers with 17 points to lead Maine Maritime to a 53-38 triumph over Castleton State in women’s NAC semifinal action.

Alyssa Burns scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half as the Mariners (25-2) jumped out to a commanding 31-14 lead at the break. Michelle Gott-Stillwell added 11 points and grabbed 15 boards in the victory.

Jenn Goff and LeeAnne Ketchen paced Castleton State (19-8) with 11 points apiece.

USM 77, Eastern Connecticut 61

GORHAM – Senior forward Ashley Marble poured in a game-high 37 points and hauled down 22 rebounds to lead USM to a 77-61 victory over Eastern Connecticut to advance to the Little East Championship.

Marble netted 19 points in the first half as the Huskies built a 42-30 lead at the break. Lindsey Welch chipped in with 11 points while dishing out four assists in the victory.

Nickey Morey led the Warriors (16-11) with 26 points in the loss. USM will play Keene State in the championship game on Saturday.

Men’s basketball
St. Joseph’s 83, Mitchell 71

STANDISH – Marcus Alexander poured in a game-high 20 points and Elbie Murphy added 16 as St. Joseph’s downed Mitchell 83-71 in men’s Independent Northeast Region semifinal action.

Chad Pulkkinen dumped in 13 points while Raymond Eatmon added 12 in the victory. Alexander also grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.

TJ Smith led Mitchell (11-15) with 16 points.

The Monks (19-7) will face Lincoln on Saturday for the regional championship.

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