WATERVILLE — The Colby women’s basketball team controlled the boards and forced 25 turnovers to defeat the University of Southern Maine 74-45 Tuesday night at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Jules Kowalski was 7 of 8 from the field and scored 16 points for the Mules (15-4). Diana Manduca added 11 points and five assists.

“We were confident before the game, but we knew we had to work in order to even get a victory,” said Kowalski, Colby’s captain. “That program historically is so good and that can be a mental roadblock, but I think we did a great job.”

The Huskies (13-7) led 14-12 with 12:41 left in the first half but Colby used a 25-2 run to close the half for a 37-16 lead. The Mules held Southern Maine without a point for nearly 10 minutes until Becky Dixon hit a short jumper with 2:53 left in the half.

The Huskies got as close as 15 points in the second half at 44-29 with 12:18 to play, but Colby later used an 18-7 run to go up 62-36 with 5:56 to play.

“I thought we were very careless with the ball,” USM Coach Gary Fifield said. “I just thought we stopped competing. It’s not like us.”

Courtney Cochran was 10 of 12 from the foul line on the way to 17 points for the Huskies. Dixon had eight points and Kaylie DeMillo had five points and four assists.


BOSTON U. 71, MAINE 59: Chantell Alford had 28 points, Alex Young scored 22 and they combined on 11 3-pointers to lead the Terriers (13-9, 10-0 America East) past the Black Bears (3-19, 1-9) at Orono.

Ashleigh Roberts, Amber Smith and Katelyn Vanderhoff each scored 13 points for Maine.


BOWDOIN 100, UM-FARMINGTON 28: Ellery Gould scored 15 points as the Polar Bears (16-4) routed the Beavers (7-11) at Farmington.

Alexa Barry added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Bowdoin, which used a 36-1 run to build a 55-14 halftime lead. Allie Piscina had 13 points and Katie Bergeron scored 12.

Kenni Norton scored 11 points for Farmington.


(7) XAVIER 102, LA SALLE 51: Katie Rutan scored 15 points in the first half as Xavier (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) rolled over La Salle (6-16, 2-5) at Cincinnati.

The Musketeers, who reached 100 points for the first time since a 108-95 win over Toledo in triple overtime on Dec. 9, 2001, led 62-21 at halftime.


(8) NOTRE DAME 71, SYRACUSE 48: Devereaux Peters had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Notre Dame (19-4, 8-1 Big East) dominated Syracuse (16-5, 4-4) at South Bend, Ind.

Kayla Alexander led the Orange with 17 points and five rebounds.


(14) WEST VIRGINIA 59, PROVIDENCE 45: Liz Repella scored 16 points and West Virginia (20-3, 6-3 Big East) bounced back from consecutive road losses with a win over Providence (9-11, 2-6) at Morgantown, W.Va.


(18) GEORGETOWN 76, LOUISVILLE 52: Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points, leading Georgetown (18-5, 6-3 Big East) over Louisville (14-9, 5-4) at Louisville, Ky.


(23) MARQUETTE 62, VILLANOVA 57: Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points and Marquette (18-4, 6 Big East) went on an 11-0 run straddling halftime to take control against Villanova (8-13, 0-8) at Milwaukee.


COLBY 67, USM 55: The White Mules (10-10) held the Huskies (9-11) scoreless in overtime for a win at Waterville.

Mike Russell scored 21 points with 14 rebounds and Kyle Donovan had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists for Colby.

Otis Smith had 14 points for USM, including two free throws with 3.2 second left in regulation to tie it at 55. Chris Pagentine scored 16, including four 3-pointers.


BOWDOIN 84, THOMAS 82: Will Hanley and Ryan O’Connell each scored 24 points to lead the Polar Bears (13-5) past the Terriers (8-10) at Brunswick.

Maximilian Staiger put Bowdoin ahead 83-82 with 12 seconds left and O’Connell made the final point on a free throw with three-tenths of a second left.

Jarrad DeVaughn had 29 points for Thomas.


MISSISSIPPI 71, (10) KENTUCKY 69: Chris Warren rattled in a 25-footer over two defenders with 2.9 seconds remaining and Mississippi (14-8, 2-5 SEC) beat Kentucky (16-5, 4-3) at Oxford, Miss.

Warren, who scored 22 points, gave the Rebels their first victory over a top-10 team during the five-year tenure of Coach Andy Kennedy. Warren finished 9 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.


(19) WISCONSIN 66, (11) PURDUE 59: Jon Leuer scored 24 points and reserve Ryan Evans made two big plays in the final minute to lead Wisconsin (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to a victory over Purdue (18-5, 7-3) at Madison, Wis.

Evans hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 50 seconds left to put the Badgers ahead for good at 60-59. He tied up the Boilermakers’ E’Twaun Moore for a jump ball that went to Wisconsin with 25 seconds left and added a breakaway dunk in the final seconds for the last of his 10 points.


USM 4, COLBY 1: Kailey Bubier had two goals and Katie Paradis added a goal and two assists to lead the Huskies (5-12-2) past the Polar Bears (7-13-0) at Gorham.

Kathryn Shei scored late in the second period for Colby to tie the game before Southern Maine scored three straight, capped by Erin Banfield’s goal late in the third period.

Jordan Lee stopped 26 for the Huskies.


UMAINE: The Black Bears open their 2011 season at home against Bryant on Sept. 3, the first of five home games on the schedule announced by Coach Jack Cosgrove.

Maine also will face a Bowl Championship Series opponent for the eighth consecutive season when it visits Pittsburgh of the Big East Conference on Sept. 10.

In another schedule highlight, the Black Bears host Football Championship Subdivision runner-up Delaware on Oct. 1.