– From staff reports

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The University of New England erased an eight-point deficit in the second half and defeated Colby-Sawyer 76-73 Saturday in a Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball game.

Margo Russell led the comeback, scoring 15 of her career-high 26 points in the second half. She also had eight rebounds and four assists for the Nor’easters (17-6, 10-1 Commonwealth Coast).

UNE used a 9-1 run to build a 74-66 lead with 3:09 left. Colby-Sawyer (12-10, 8-3) cut the deficit to 74-73 with 11.7 seconds left before Kari Pelletier made a pair of foul shots for the Nor’easters.

Kelley Paradis chipped in with 21 points, five rebounds, five blocks and four assists for the Nor’easters, who have won eight straight.

RIC 69, USM 57: Rachel Riley scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half as Rhode Island College (16-6, 7-5 Little East) built a 34-22 lead and defeated the Huskies (15-8, 10-2) at Providence, R.I.

Courtney Cochran had 22 points and 16 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season for the Huskies. Renee Nicholas added 11 points.

USM cut the deficit to 62-55 with 2:46 left before the Anchorwomen closed with a 7-2 run, making 5 of 6 from the foul line.

BOWDOIN 78, WESLEYAN 51: Jill Henrikson went 10 for 10 from the foul line and finished with a game-high 21 points as the Polar Bears (18-6, 6-3 NESCAC) pulled away from the Cardinals (7-16, 0-9) at Middletown, Conn.

Katie Bergeron added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Bowdoin, which trailed 33-32 at halftime.

STONY BROOK 66, MAINE 62: Kristen Jeter scored 15 of her 26 points in the first half and also had seven rebounds and seven steals as the Seawolves (5-19, 2-10 America East) led by as many as 17 points and held on to beat the Black Bears (3-11, 1-12) at Stony Brook, N.Y.

Ashleigh Roberts scored 13 points and Amber Smith added 11 for the Black Bears, who twice cut the deficit to three points in the final 21 seconds before Stony Brook sealed the win at the foul line.

COLBY 67, CONN. COLLEGE 36: Jules Kowalski became the 14th player in school history to score 1,000 career points and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mules (20-4, 7-2 NESCAC) over the Camels (9-15, 1-8) at New London, Conn.

Diana Manduca added 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting for Colby, which closed out the first half with a 23-1 run for a 38-17 lead.

The Mules clinched the second seed in the NESCAC tournament and will host Middlebury in the quarterfinals next Saturday.

TUFTS 67, BATES 53: Collier Clegg scored 18 points and the Jumbos (17-5, 5-4 NESCAC) pulled away over the final eight minutes to down the Bobcats (17-7, 5-4) in a game that featured four ties and 11 lead changes at Medford, Mass.

Lauren Dobish made 4 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Bobcats, and Brianna Hawkins added nine points and seven rebounds.

ST. JOSEPH’S 71, LASELL 21: Alyssa Grigware scored a career-high 14 points off the bench to lead the Monks (14-8, 6-3 GNAC) as they cruised to a win over the Lasers (1-22, 0-10) at Standish.

Abby Young added 10 of her 13 points in the first half for the Monks as they raced out to a 38-9 halftime lead, including a 21-6 run to open the game.

The 21 points were the fewest allowed by the Monks since an 82-18 win over Maine-Fort Kent on Dec. 3, 2000.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 64, BERKELEY (N.Y.) 46: Esther Palmieri scored 16 points and had four steals and Alisa Sweet added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to lead the Seawolves (12-14) to a win against the Knights at South Portland.

HOCKEY

COLBY 5, WESLEYAN 1: Down 1-0, Stephanie Scarpato had two goals and two assists as the Mules (8-14, 4-10 NESCAC) scored five unanswered goals to beat the Cardinals (2-17-1, 0-13 at Middletown, Conn.

Tasha Rivard, Marissa Simmons and Alex Essman also scored for the Mules.

Sena Ito scored for Wesleyan.

NEC 2, USM 1: Teraysa White stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead New England College (11-6-5, 10-3-3 ECAC) over the Huskies (7-14-2, 5-10-1) at Gorham.

Samantha Hippern and Kayleigh Costello scored for the Pilgrims.

Mary Vaughan got the goal for Southern Maine.

TRINITY 3, BOWDOIN 0: Sarah Kohn and Alexa Guglielmi each had a goal and an assist as the Bantams (14-3-4) handled the Polar Bears (13-7-2) at Hartford, Conn.

Kim Weiss also scored for the Bantams. Tara Connolly made 21 saves for Bowdoin.

MAINE 4, BOSTON COLLEGE 3: Myriam Croussette scored two goals, including the winner, and had an assist as the Black Bears (11-15-5) overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat the Eagles (19-6-5) at Boston.