DANBURY, Conn. — Curran Leighton scored the go-ahead basket with 2:22 remaining and Haley Johnson added a pair of free throws as Southern Maine earned a spot in the Little East women’s basketball championship game with a 48-46 victory Friday night over Eastern Connecticut State.

Leighton’s layup, on a pass from Renee Nicholas, gave the third-seeded Huskies (20-7) a 46-44 lead. Nicole Paradis stole the ball on

Eastern Connecticut’s ensuing possession, forcing the second-seeded Warriors (17-9) to foul Johnson, who made both shots.

Amanda Pierlioni’s basket pulled the Warriors to within 48-46 with 45 seconds left, but Tanisha Carter missed a potential tying shot just before the buzzer.

Leighton led USM with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The Huskies will face top-seeded Western Connecticut State at 4 p.m. today.


UMF 77, GREEN MOUNTAIN 59: Josh Tanguay had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Eric Taylor added 22 points as the top-seeded Beavers (13-11) rolled past the Eagles (9-17) in the semifinals of the North Atlantic Conference tournament in Farmington.

CASTLETON STATE 82, THOMAS 65: Mike Knight scored 24 points as the second-seeded Spartans (17-9) advanced to the North Atlantic Conference final.

Jarrad DeVaughn led Thomas (18-8) with 17 points.


NORTH CAROLINA 11, MAINE 1: Dillon Hazlett homered and drove in four runs as the Tar Heels (5-0) beat the Black Bears (0-4) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Michael Fransoso had two of Maine’s five hits.