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women’s college basketball roundup

Alford, BU women earn 13th win in row

It took a little luck, but Boston University was able to hold off New Hampshire, 55-53, Saturday in Durham, N.H., to extend its winning streak to 13 games.

Chantell Alford scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers that gave her a school-record 220 career treys, and Mo Moran and Rashidat Agboola each added 11 points for the Terriers (16-3, 6-0 America East), who trailed at halftime in a conference game for the first time this season.

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Cari Reed scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats (6-11, 1-4), who took a 23-19 halftime edge by holding the Terriers to 25.9 percent shooting.

But Alford keyed a 14-2 second-half surge to put BU ahead, 54-38, with 3:21 to go. The Wildcats answered, however, with 14 straight points to pull within 54-52 on Reed’s sixth 3-pointer.

UNH’s Morgan Frame (16 points) went to the line with four seconds left with a chance to tie the game but she missed the first of two free throws and the Terriers escaped with the win.

UConn 87, Syracuse 62 — Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 25 points to lead the No. 3 Huskies past the visiting Orange.

Dolson also became the 36th player in UConn history to reach 1,000 points for her career. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also had 25 points and freshman Breanna Stewart added 20 for the Huskies (16-1, 4-1 Big East).

Star center Kayla Alexander, who had been averaging almost 20 points a game for Syracuse (15-2, 3-1), finished with 4 points in 11 minutes before fouling out.

Baylor 76, West Virginia 58 — Brittney Griner had her 50th career double-double while just missing a triple-double, scoring 26 points with 15 rebounds and 9 blocked shots, as the top-ranked Lady Bears (16-1, 6-0) beat the Big 12 newcomer Mountaineers (11-6, 3-3) in Waco, Texas.

St. Bonaventure 61, UMass 49 — Kiara Bomben scored 12 points but the Minutewomen (3-15, 1-2 Atlantic 10) fell to the host Bonnies (8-10, 1-2).

American 67, Holy Cross 62 — Alex Smith scored 18 points to lead the Crusaders (8-10, 0-3 Patriot), becoming the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, but the host Eagles (10-7, 3-0) pulled away for the win.

DePaul 79, Providence 67 — Tori Rule scored 19 points but the visiting Friars (5-12, 0-4) dropped their fourth straight, all in Big East play.

Brown 68, Yale 67 — Lauren Clark scored 20 points and the visiting Bears (7-8) held off the Bulldogs (5-10) in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Stony Brook 68, Vermont 53 — Kayla Burchill had 12 points and six rebounds for the visiting Catamounts (6-12, 3-2) but the Seawolves (11-7, 3-2) cruised to the America East victory.

Mount St. Mary’s 86, Bryant 84 — Naana Ankoma-Mensa had 27 points and 20 rebounds but the visiting Mountaineers (8-8, 4-1 Northeast) edged the Bulldogs (4-12, 0-5) in OT.

Sacred Heart 71, St. Francis (Pa.) 50 — Ericka Norman finished with 16 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, and 7 steals, powering the visiting Pioneers (10-7, 2-3 Northeast) to the rout of the Red Flash (9-7, 4-1).

Quinnipiac 61, Robert Morris 52 — Brittany McQuain and Felicia Barron each scored 14 points, lifting the visiting Bobcats (14-2, 5-0 Northeast) past the Colonials (3-13, 2-3).

Central Conn. 82, Wagner 53 — Kirsten Daamen had 21 points to lead the host Blue Devils (9-7, 3-2 Northeast) past the Seahawks (2-14, 1-4).

Albany 55, Hartford 48 — Taylor Clark scored 16 points but the host Great Danes (14-3, 5-0 America East) rallied to beat the Hawks (12-7, 3-3) in OT.

Bentley 79, Saint Rose 74 — The Falcons’ 500th Northeast-10 Conference win didn’t come easy as Courtney Finn scored 22 points and Jane White added 18. Bentley (15-0, 11-0), ranked second in Division 2, needed a game-ending 24-9 run to rally past the Golden Knights (5-10, 2-9) in Albany, N.Y.

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