SOUTH PORTLAND – Emily Bard scored 21 points, and Marissa Welch had 11 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday to lead Southern Maine Community College to a 56-33 victory against Central Maine Community College in a Yankee Small College Conference women’s basketball game.

The Seawolves (11-1, 8-0 YSCC) outscored the Mustangs 30-12 in the second half.

(14) LOUISVILLE 64, CINCINNATI 59: Shoni Schimmel scored 16 points to lead visiting Louisville (9-2, 1-0) past Cincinnati (6-3, 0-1) in the Big East opener for both teams.

After trailing for much of the second half, Louisville made it 55-55 with 2:37 left and went ahead on Schimmel’s 3-pointer.

(24) TEXAS 79, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 40: Chassidy Fussell scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half and Texas (7-2) rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-8) at Austin, Texas.

Fussell was 8-of-12 shooting and had three 3-pointers. Yvonne Anderson scored 14, and Cokie Reed and Ashleigh Fontenette each had 10 for the Longhorns.


CENTRAL MAINE CC 96, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 87: Michael Green scored 24 points and Nick Hinkley had 20 for Central Maine Community College at South Portland.

Josh Mackie scored 28 points for the Seawolves (5-8, 2-6 YSCC), and Santana Anderson added 13 points and 16 rebounds.

(2) OHIO STATE 82, SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE 58: Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points as Ohio State (9-1) downed South Carolina Upstate (6-5) at Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes (were effective if not overwhelming in rebounding from a 78-67 loss Saturday at Kansas.

(6) BAYLOR 69, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 42: Pierre Jackson scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring offense, and had consecutive assists on slam dunks that put Baylor (8-0) ahead to stay against Bethune-Cookman (3-7) at Waco, Texas.

Jackson had a steal, then a bounce pass to Deuce Bello for a dunk, and turned another Bethune-Cookman turnover right after that into a pass to Anthony Jones for another slam. That was part of an early 10-0 run that put the Bears ahead to stay.


SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina told the NCAA that it agrees that major violations took place in its football program and will eliminate six football scholarships over the next three years as part of several self-imposed penalties.

The school released its response three months after the NCAA said the Gamecocks received $55,000 in improper benefits for staying at a Columbia, S.C., hotel at a reduced rate.

The NCAA also noted the university’s improper involvement with a Delaware-based mentoring group whose president and treasurer are boosters and South Carolina graduates.

ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State plucked Todd Graham after one year at Pittsburgh, hiring the 47-year-old coach to replace Dennis Erickson, who was fired after five mediocre seasons.

Pitt finished 6-6 and was tied for second in the Big East, salvaging a bowl bid by beating Syracuse in the season finale. Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will coach the Panthers against SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl.