BIDDEFORD — Alicia Brown scored 17 points Thursday night as top-seeded University of New England beat fourth-seeded Endicott 66-55 and advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s basketball championship game.

UNE (24-3) will be home against Western New England (18-9) in the final at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Nor’easters, ranked 16th nationally, have a 19-game winning streak and are 59-2 at home since the Harold Alfond Forum was built.

“This is our house and everyone needs to know that,” said guard Sadie DiPierro.

Kelsey Cuddy scored 25 points with nine rebounds for Endicott (16-11).

Brown converted a three-point play to give UNE a 58-50 lead with 4:03 left.

“(That play) was huge,” said Coach Anthony Ewing. “It didn’t allow (Endicott) to get some good momentum going.”

Brown also finished with seven rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

“We played well on defense,” she said. “We tried to use that energy we were getting on defense and (translate that) into offense.”

UNE held a 25-16 lead after one quarter, helped by nine points from DiPierro, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

“We started off with a lot of momentum. We were making a lot of shots but then the shots stopped falling. We also had a lot of turnovers,” said DiPierro.

UNE finished with 18 turnovers, 13 in the first half, leading to 13 points for Endicott.

“We had 10 (turnovers) in the quarterfinal game; 13 in a half is not the kind of basketball we normally play. It’s not winning basketball,” said Ewing.

The Nor’easters led 33-22 with 7:07 left in the second quarter. From there Endicott closed out the half on a 9-4 run, capped by a pair of Cuddy 3-pointers.

UNE pushed its lead to nine early in the third quarter, but a 10-0 run gave Endicott its first lead since holding a 5-4 advantage.

The Nor’easters were able to reclaim the lead but led just 46-45 through three quarters.

“We knew we weren’t really scoring so we knew we had to pick it up on defense (in the fourth quarter) and that’s exactly what we did,” said UNE guard Alanna Vose. “That’s what got us the win.”

Vose worked through a tough shooting night (3 of 13) to grind out 15 points to go with eight rebounds.

UNE made just 18 of 31 free throws on the night, but Ewing doesn’t see that as an issue for the championship game.

“We have some good free-throw shooters that missed free throws tonight. That was an anomaly,” said Ewing.