WATERVILLE — Megan Phelps scored 16 points and Bowdoin, dominating the boards, sent Colby to its first loss with a 56-48 victory Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener.

Bowdoin (6-2) held a 43-24 advantage in rebounding against the Mules (7-1).

Sara Binkhorst added 15 points for Bowdoin. Carylanne Wolfington led Colby with 15.

Marle Curle drained a 3-point shot to give the Polar Bears a 26-23 lead at the break. Bowdoin began the second half with a 9-2 run to open a 10-point lead, and led by as many as 16 points before a late Colby 8-0 run closed the final margin to eight points.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 112, UMAINE-MACHIAS 35: Reserve Katy Cyr scored 18 points as the Seawolves (5-1, 5-1 Yankee Small College), with seven players in double digits, beat the Clippers (1-6, 1-2) at South Portland.

Alicia Hoyt of SMCC had 16 points and 11 boards, and Jaimi Poland, Caitlin King and Jordan Turner each scored 12 points. Amira Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Abigail Neilsen added 10 points.

Frankie Couture led Machias with nine points. Brooklynne Lewis had eight.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 77, ENDICOTT 63: Kelly Coleman paced the Nor’easters (5-1, 2-0 Commonwealth Coast) with 17 points and nine rebounds against Endicott (3-3, 1-1) at Biddeford.

Meghan Gribbin had 13 points for UNE, Lauren Hayden 12, and Sadie DiPierro and Alanna Vose 11 apiece. Kelsey Cuddy scoered 20 and Nicole Catizone 18 for the Gulls.

UNE led 44-32 at the half, then opened the second half with an 11-3 spurt. Endicott whittled the lead to 65-56, but Coleman knocked down a jumper with 4:59 left and the Nor’easters maintained at least a 10-point lead the rest of the way.

SOUTHERN MAINE 52, WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 40: Rebecca Knight had 14 points, 10 boards and three assists to lead the Huskies (4-3) over the Colonials (5-2) in a Little East opener at Danbury, Connecticut.

Megan Pelletier added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Stephanie Gallagher added 10 points for USM.

When Western Connecticut cut the lead to 41-40 on a pair of free throws by Caroline Brasa with 3:45 to play, the Huskies scored the next 11 points.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE 81, SOUTHERN MAINE 65: Bobby Bynum scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as the Colonials (5-0) defeated Southern Maine (2-4) in a Little East Conference opener at Danbury, Connecticut.

Tony Seldon added 15 points, Luis Bridtter and Jeremiah Washington each scored 14, and Tre’Von Perry had 12. Zach Leal had 12 points to lead USM. Cole Libby added 11 and grabbed nine rebounds, while Fred Knight and Jalen Lincoln each scored 10 points.

Bynum and Washington each scored five points as Western Connecticut widened a 38-35 lead to 52-37.

COLBY 61, BOWDOIN 48: The Mules (6-3) ended with a 29-17 run to defeat Bowdoin (4-3) in a NESCAC opener at Brunswick.

After taking a 26-25 halftime lead, Bowdoin made it 30-25 on a pair of John Swords layups. Connor O’Neil countered with a layup and a 3-pointer to make it 30-30. After a Lucas Hausman free throw regained the lead for the Polar Bears, Luke Westman gave the Mules the lead for good with a layup off a nice dish from Ryan Jann.

ENDICOTT 71, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 59: Kamahl Walker’s driving layup gave Endicott a 57-56 lead and ignited a game-closing 16-3 run for the Gulls (3-2, 1-1 Commonwealth Coast) against the Nor’easters (1-6, 0-2) at Biddeford.

Walker’s 27 points led all scorers. Andre Makris added 13 for Endicott. Devin Thompson had 18 points, Evrim Ozkan contributed 12 and C.J. Autry 11 for UNE.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 90, UMAINE-MACHIAS 77: The Seawolves (7-0) had a torrid start, then held on at South Portland.

After SMCC built a 44-22 halftime lead, the Clippers pulled within 85-75 with 1:42 remaining.

DARTMOUTH 74, MAINE 51: Alex Mitola hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Dartmouth (2-4) past Maine (1-6) at Hanover, New Hampshire.

Troy Reid-Knight paced Maine with 11 points. Till Gloger scored all eight of his points in the first half. The Black Bears were held to 32 percent shooting, including 2 of 21 from behind the arc.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

WINONA STATE 39, BOWDOIN 20: The Warriors, trailing Bowdoin 12-10 after Le’Shauna Phinazee’s try for the Polar Bears (11-1), scored the next 12 points and won a semifinal of the USA Rugby Division II championships in Palm Coast, Florida.

Addison Carvajal finished with two tries, and Randi London had a conversion kick and a penalty kick for Bowdoin, which will play Kutztown at 10 a.m. Sunday in the third-place match.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

STEVENSON 2, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 0: Chelsea Blackburn scored power-play goals early in the second period and late in the third to lead Stevenson (7-2) over the Nor’easters (3-7-1) at Biddeford.

Anastasia Nelson had 35 saves for the Mustangs and Courtney Kendall 34 for UNE.

BOWDOIN 4, ST. ANSELM 1: Rachel Kennedy scored in each period against St. Anselm (6-3-1) as the Polar Bears (4-0-2) won at Brunswick.

Kenndy’s goal a little over 11 minutes into the second period broke a 1-1 tie. Kennedy took a pass from Ariana Bourque in the left corner, closed in on the post and slipped the shot through.

COLBY 9, PLYMOUTH STATE 1: Breanna Davis and Katie McLaughlin each had two goals, leading the Mules (4-4) over Plymouth State (1-8-1) at Waterville.

Colby scored five times in the opening 9:48.

TRINITY 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 0: Lucy Robinson had two goals and an assist as the Bantams (3-2-1) shut out the Huskies (2-6-1) at Gorham.

Emma Tani, Kelcie Finn and Cheeky Herr also scored. Courtney Davis and Nia Kelly combined for 29 saves for USM.

MEN’S HOCKEY

UMASS-BOSTON 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Kit Sitterley had a pair of goals and an assist as the Beacons (10-0, 6-0 ECAC East) rolled past the Huskies (1-8, 0-7) at Boston.

Colin Larkin and Mike Kuhn also scored for UMass-Boston. Zach Dymock answered for Southern Maine on a power play in the second period, from Cole Klippenstein and Sam Guimond.

BABSON 4, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 1: After Christian Cordier scored 21 seconds into the game, the Nor’easters (3-8, 2-5 ECAC East) fell to the third-ranked Beavers (10-0, 6-0) at Babson Park, Massachusetts.

UNE surrended a pair of goals in both the second and third periods. Charlie Ackerman had a pair of goals and an assists, and Mike Driscoll added two assists.

TUFTS 4, BOWDOIN 3: Brian Brown scored at 3:25 of overtime as the Jumbos (4-4-1, 2-3-1 NESCAC) edged the Polar Bears (6-2-1, 3-2-1) at Malden, Massachusetts.

Jay Kourkoulis of Bowdoin scored unassisted at 13:30 of the third period to force overtime.

COLBY 5, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 5: The Mules (2-4-2, 0-4-2 NESCAC) surrendered three unanswered goals in the third period but held on to tie the Camels (2-5-1, 2-3-1) at New London, Connecticut.

E.J. Rauseo scored a hat trick as Colby built a 5-2 lead through two periods. Devin Albert had a short-handed goal and an assist, and Dan Dupont also scored.