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Women’s basketball roundup

Amherst edges Tufts in Division 3 women’s battle

Tufts is the nation’s best defensive team in Division 3 but the Jumbos were still no match for Amherst at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Megan Robertson and Marcia Voigt each scored 13 points and the fourth-ranked Lord Jeffs­ got past the fifth-ranked Jumbos, 54-48, in a battle of NESCAC unbeatens Saturday in Amherst.

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The win was Amherst’s 77th straight at LeFrak Gymnasium and 40th in a row against NESCAC foes.

Tufts (22-1, 8-1) got 15 points from Kate Barnosky but Amherst (22-0, 8-0) pulled away from a 22-22 halftime tie for the win.

The Jumbos had allowed only 42.5 points per game this season and had held foes to fewer than 40 points nine times, but behind Robertson and Voigt Amherst did enough offensively to pull out the win.

Tied at 39 midway through the second half, Savannah Holness (9 points) hit a layup and Voigt followed with two layups to kick-start a 10-2 run that put Amherst in control.

UConn 71, St. John’s 65 — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 to help the No. 3 Huskies (20-1, 7-1 Big East) get past the Red Storm (10-10, 4-4) in New York.

With the game tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis scored UConn’s next 7 points. She had a 3-point play and then hit four free throws to put UConn up, 64-59, with 1:55 left.

Baylor 81, Oklahoma State 62 — Brittney Griner had 30 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 7 assists to lead the top-ranked Lady Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) past the host Cowgirls (15-5, 4-5) for their 19th straight win.

Notre Dame 64, Cincinnati 42 — Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half as the No. 2 Fighting Irish (20-1, 8-0 Big East) jumped to an early 23-point lead and beat the visiting Bearcats for their 15th straight victory. Cincinnati (8-13, 0-8) fell to 0-9 all time against the Irish.

BU 42, Hartford 40 — Chantell Alford (12 points) converted a 3-point play and added a free throw in the final 1:37 to lift the Terriers (18-4, 8-1 America East) past the Hawks (14-8, 5-4) at Case Gym. Nikkia Smith led Hartford with 12 points.

Syracuse 75, Providence 59 — The No. 24 Orange (18-3, 6-2 Big East) handled the visiting Friars (6-15, 1-7), who were led by Alexis Harris’s 15 points and nine rebounds.

Harvard 68, Brown 58 — Christine Clark scored 19 points and Temi Fagbenle and Victoria Lippert combined for 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Crimson (12-6, 3-1 Ivy) took charge in the second half to get past the host Bears (7-11, 1-3).

Dartmouth 63, Yale 48 — Faziah Steen scored 19 points and the visiting Big Green (5-13, 3-1 Ivy) built a 15-point halftime lead and breezed past the Bulldogs (6-12, 1-3).

Holy Cross 71, Colgate 61 — Alex Smith scored 17 points, Amy Lepley added 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, and the Crusaders (11-11, 3-4 Patriot) improved to 25-0 all time in home games against the Raiders (6-15, 0-7).

Stony Brook 60, UNH 47 — Cari Reed scored 14 points for the Wildcats (8-13, 3-6) but the host Seawolves (12-10, 4-5) got 17 points from Sabre Proctor and swept the season series.

UMBC 86, Maine 79 — Danielle Walczak had career highs in points (28) and rebounds (12) but it wasn’t enough to get the host Black Bears (2-19, 1-7 America East) past the Retrievers (6-15, 2-6).

Quinnipiac 74, Wagner 56 — Felicia Barron scored 16 points and the visiting Bobcats (18-2, 9-0) routed the Seahawks (2-18, 1-8) to remain perfect in Northeast Conference play.

Sacred Heart 58, Mount St. Mary’s 50 — Blair Koniszewski scored a career-high 26 points and the visiting Pioneers (14-7, 6-3 Northeast) got past the Mountaineers (9-11, 4-6) to extend their winning streak to five games.

Saint Joseph’s 78, Rhode Island 51 — Tayra Melendez scored a career-high 21 points for the Rams (5-16, 0-6) but the visiting Hawks (15-5, 6-0) cruised to the Atlantic 10 win.

Bryant 58, Monmouth 55 — Naana Ankoma-Mensa had 18 points and 16 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double and the visiting Bulldogs (6-13, 2-6 Northeast) hung on to beat the Hawks (8-11, 5-3).

Fairleigh Dickinson 55, Central Conn. 53 — Sisters Jaclyn and Jessica Babe combined for 26 points and 18 rebounds but the Blue Devils (11-9, 5-4 Northeast) fell in overtime to the host Knights (9-11, 4-5).

Bentley 94, Southern Conn. 52 — Courtney Finn hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and scored 21 points and the visiting Falcons (19-0, 15-0 Northeast-10), ranked second in Division 2, stayed unbeaten with a rout of the Owls (5-13, 2-13).

Stonehill 54, Pace 50 — Tori Faieta contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds and hit a go-ahead layup in overtime as the No. 15 Skyhawks (17-2, 13-2 NE-10) got past the host Setters (10-9, 8-7).

Southern Maine 58, Keene State 56 — Erin McNamara hit two free throws with 13.2 seconds left to help the Huskies (20-1, 9-1 Little East), ranked 14th in Division 3, deny the Owls (7-13, 2-8) their first win ever at Gorham, Maine.

Williams 50, Bowdoin 42 — Claire Baecher had 22 points and 10 rebounds to rally the 20th-ranked Ephs (18-4, 7-1 NESCAC) past the host Polar Bears (12-9, 3-5).

Babson 70, Wheaton 50 — Senior Sarah Collins had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift the No. 22 Beavers (19-2, 14-0) to the home win over the Lyons (8-13, 5-9), their 78th consecutive victory against NEWMAC opponents.

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