ORONO – The University of Maine women’s basketball team used a strong second half to pull away from Troy for a 66-53 victory Friday night in the opening round of the Dead River Company Classic.

The Black Bears (2-2) will meet Brown (2-3) in the final at 2 p.m. today. It will be the first time the Black Bears have been in the final since 2006.

Brittany Williams paced the Black Bears with 15 points, and Shareka Maner and Corinne Wellington chipped in 10 each. Freshman Rebecca Knight added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.

(2) CONNECTICUT 74, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 28: Brianna Banks scored 17 points and Connecticut (4-0) extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games with a win over Fairleigh Dickinson (1-4) at Storrs, Conn.

(3) STANFORD 80, XAVIER 64: Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a season-high 34 points and opened the second half by dominating under the basket, leading Stanford (4-1) over Xavier (1-3) at Cincinnati.

(4) NOTRE DAME 80, SOUTHERN CAL 58: Skylar Diggins scored 22 points and Natalie Novosel added 17 to help Notre Dame (4-1) defeat Southern Cal (1-3) at Freeport, Bahamas.

(5) TEXAS A&M 71, TEMPLE 59: Adaora Elonu scored a career-high 23 points to help Texas A&M (5-0) withstand a second-half run by Temple (2-3) at Freeport, Bahamas.

(7) DUKE 97, GARDNER-WEBB 31: Tricia Liston scored 23 points to help Duke (5-0) rout Gardner-Webb (0-5) at Freeport, Bahamas.

(8) MARYLAND 84, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 52: Laurin Mincy and Lynetta Kizer scored 15 points each to lead Maryland (6-0) over Florida International (2-3) at Miami.

WEST VIRGINIA 63, (25) UCLA 54: Taylor Palmer scored 18 points to lead West Virginia (3-1) over UCLA (2-2) at Northridge, Calif.


MAINE 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Brittany Dougherty scored a short-handed goal and set up another goal, and Brittany Ott stopped 32 shots as the Black Bears (9-5-4) shut out the Wildcats (4-9-2) at Durham, N.H.

Dougherty scored her 10th goal 1:28 into the first period and assisted on Myriam Croussette’s 10th goal at 16:19 when the Black Bears were also down a skater.

Tori Pasquariello got the final goal from Missy Denk with one minute remaininh in the second period.