N.E. basketball: Harvard women’s coach ties Ivy win mark

 Temi Fagbenle turned in career bests of 31 points and 18 rebounds and Harvard knocked off Columbia, 64-51, Saturday night in New York, giving Crimson coach Kathy Delaney-Smith her record-tying 514th career victory.

 Delaney-Smith tied legendary Princeton men’s coach Pete Carril for most wins by an Ivy League coach.


 Fagbenle recorded her 10th double-double this season, the most by a Harvard player since Hana Peljto’s 15 in 2003-04. She hit 10 of 14 shots from the floor and all 11 free throws. Christine Clark added 12 points for Harvard (19-7, 9-3). Miwa Tachibana had 14 points for Columbia (6-20, 3-9).

Commonwealth Coast final — Kelly Coleman scored 18 points as host University of New England (26-2) raced out to a 33-12 lead and breezed past Roger Williams, 61-50. The win got the Nor’easters to the NCAA Division 3 tourney for the fourth time in five years. Angelica Ariola had 12 points for the Hawks (22-6).

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Great Northeast Athletic final — Abby Young and Morgan Cahill combined for 35 points and 25 rebounds and Saint Joseph’s of Maine beat visiting Norwich, 63-47, to capture its first GNAC title. Aliah Curry scored 14 points for the Cadets (15-13).

MASCAC final — Jenna Williams poured in 27 points and Bridgewater State (16-11) downed visiting Framingham State, 73-66, to advance to the NCAA Division 3 tournament for the fourth straight season.

New England Collegiate final — Janaya Bradley scored 20 points and host Regis (23-4) pulled away in the second half to blow out Elms, 71-43, earning its second straight NECC crown. Denisha Parks had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers (18-10).


North Atlantic final — Meghan O’Sullivan scored 22 points and host Castleton State (25-3) dominated Colby-Sawyer (18-10) in a 73-49 win that gave the Spartans their second NAC title in three seasons.

Little East final — Vandell Andrade scored 19 points in helping Rhode Island College (20-8) to a 64-59 win over Southern Maine (20-8) in Providence and a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

NESCAC semifinals — Hayley Kanner scored 19 points and Tufts (25-1) pulled away down the stretch to take a 57-47 win over Trinity in Medford, keeping the Jumbos’ hopes alive for a first NESCAC championship . . . Savannah Holness’s putback with 33 seconds left put Amherst ahead for good and the Jeffs (24-2) held on for a 45-42 win over Bowdoin (21-5).

NEWMAC semifinals — Jaimie Bickelhaupt scored 16 of her 20 points during a 25-9 first-half run as Springfield (16-11) upset second-seeded Wheaton, 78-63, in Northampton . . . Paulina Solis scored 17 points to push Smith (16-10) to a 64-58 win over Babson (14-12).

BU 67, Holy Cross 65 — Danielle Callahan broke a late tie by hitting three of four free throws as the host Terriers (12-19, 7-11 Patriot) wrapped up the regular season with a win over the Crusaders (18-11, 10-8).


Commonwealth Coast final — Hans Miersma had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Park Thomas added 13 points and eight assists, rallying Gordon from a 17-point second-half deficit and spearheading a 69-65 win over host and top seed Nichols, giving the Fighting Scots a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament. Ryan Sheehan scored 24 points for the Bison (22-6). Gordon (17-10) finished the game on a 30-9 run, keyed by 10 points from Miersma and two 3-pointers apiece from Alex Carnes and Shaun Roach. Miersma’s jumper with 1:09 left put Gordon up for good, 66-65.

MASCAC final — Michael Lofton had 24 points and 13 rebounds to earn tourney Most Valuable Player honors and Bridgewater State (16-11) posted an 83-73 win over host Salem State (17-9) to earn a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tourney.

Great Northeast Athletic final — Darius Watson had 21 points and handed out 15 assists, and Albertus Magnus (26-2) rolled to an 84-49 win over Saint Joseph’s of Maine (18-10), giving the Falcons their 41st straight home win and their third straight NCAA Division 3 berth.

New England Collegiate final — Joshua Ford had 25 points and hit the winning free throw with 24 seconds left to lift Mitchell (19-7) to a 72-71 win over host Elms (15-12), giving the Mariners their first NECC title.

North Atlantic final — Trevor Butler scored 28 points and host Husson (26-2) pulled away in the second half for a 96-89 win over Maine-Farmington that gave the Eagles back-to-back NAC titles. Ben Johnson led the Beavers (13-15) with 28 points and 20 rebounds.

Little East final — Eric Alleyne led a balanced attack with 19 points and Rhode Island College topped host Eastern Connecticut, 70-61, for its second straight LEC title.

NESCAC semifinals — Michael Mayer scored 27 points and Williams (23-3) erased an 11-point halftime deficit to earn a 78-75 win over Middlebury (17-9) . . . Aaron Toomey scored 36 points as host Amherst (23-3) routed Trinity, 80-62.

NEWMAC semifinals — Matt Redfield had 14 points and 14 rebounds and MIT (19-8) opened the second half with a 25-5 run and ran off with a 64-46 upset of host and top seed WPI (22-4) . . . Nick McKenna hit a pair of treys in overtime, sending Springfield (20-6) to an 85-77 win over Babson (20-6).

Northeastern 54, Drexel 52 — David Walker provided three key free throws as the host Huskies (10-20, 7-9 Colonial Athletic) rallied in the final 15 seconds to edge the Dragons (16-13, 8-8).

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