BURLINGTON, Vt. — Sigi Kolzar scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half Wednesday night as the University of Maine survived a late charge by Vermont for its 12th straight win in women’s basketball, 57-54.

The victory gives Maine (20-6, 12-1 America East) its first 20-win season since 2004-05. The Black Bears shot 20 for 45 from the floor and converted 14 of 22 free throws.

There were five lead changes and two ties in the first half as neither team led by more than five points.

Maine, which led 25-24 at halftime, opened the second half with an 11-4 run.

Vermont (5-21, 2-12) countered with an 8-2 run. A free throw by Sophie Weckstrom with 4:36 left in regulation gave Maine its largest lead at 52-42 but a 10-1 run down the stretch by Vermont put the Black Bears’ win streak in peril.

Mikaela Gusafsson had 12 points coming off the bench for Maine.

(3) BAYLOR 67, TEXAS TECH 60: Niya Johnson scored 17 points and Nina Davis added 12 to help the visiting Lady Bears (25-1, 14-0 Big 12) top the Lady Raiders (15-11, 5-9) for their 24th straight win.


UMASS-LOWELL 82, UMAINE 71: Lance Crawford scored a career-high 35 points and the River Hawks (12-15, 6-8 America East) pulled away from the Black Bears (3-23, 2-11) in the second half at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Crawford, whose previous high was 18 points, was 11-of-18 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. Crawford opened the game by burying a 3-pointer and had five points in the first minute of play. He closed the game by scoring 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the final 6:53 to close out the Black Bears.

Matt Harris added 21 points, hitting 4 of 8 from distance, for UMass-Lowell.

Maine had all five starters score in double figures. Till Gloger led the way with 23 points. Zarko Valjarevic and Troy Reid-Knight each added 11 points and Aaron Calixte and Kevin Little added 10 apiece.

(4) Duke 92, (15) North Carolina 90: Quinn Cook scored 22 points and the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) topped the Tar Heels (18-8, 8-5) at Durham, North Carolina.

The Blue Devils let an early 13-point lead slip away and trailed by 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation before rallying.

(5) WISCONSIN 55, PENN STATE 47: Sam Decker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 as the visiting Badgers (24-2, 12-1 Big Ten) overcame a late surge by the Nittany Lions (15-12, 3-11).

(11) NORTHERN IOWA 58, LOYOLA 39: Seth Tuttle and Nate Buss each scored 10 points as the visiting Panthers (25-2, 14-1 Missouri Valley Conference) topped the Ramblers (16-11, 6-9) for their 14th straight win.

SYRACUSE 69, (12) LOUISVILE 59: Rakeem Christmas rebounded from his worst game of the season, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots, and the Orange (17-9, 8-5 ACC) beat the visiting Cardinals (20-6, 8-5).

Syracuse was coming off an 80-72 home loss to Duke in which Christmas was outplayed by freshman Jahlil Okafor.

Louisville was out to bounce back from Saturday’s home loss to North Carolina State, but was without senior guard Chris Jones, who was suspended for violating team rules and did not make the trip.

(14) IOWA STATE 70, (22) OKLAHOMA STATE: Jameel McKay had career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Cyclones (19-6, 9-4 Big 12) top the Cowboys (17-9, 7-7) at Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(18) Arkansas 84, Missouri 69: Michael Qualls had 21 points as the Razorbacks (21-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) topped the visiting Tigers (7-19, 1-12) for their fifth straight win.

Missouri has lost 12 straight games for the first time since the 1966-67 season.

The Las Vegas Strip is set to dim arguably its most famous feature – those ever-present lights – to honor legendary UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian who died Feb. 11 at the age of 84.

Every major Las Vegas Strip casino-hotel plus a few off-Strip properties and local casinos plan to have their exteriors go dark in some way for three minutes starting at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.


POMONA-PITZER 9, BATES 6: The Bobcats (2-1) scored three runs in the ninth inning but came up short at Claremont, California.

Pomona-Pitzer took the early lead with a run in the second inning, but Bates responded with three in the top of the third on a pair of RBI doubles by Rockwell Jackson and Samuel Warren and a run-scoring single by Nate Pajka. The Sagehens (6-2) scored eight runs in their last three at-bats to take a 9-3 lead.

Warren went 5 for 5 with three doubles and a pair of RBI, and Pajka was 2 for 4.


BATES 16, REDLANDS 11: The Bobcats opened their season with a win over the University of Redlands in California. Moriah Greenstein and Emma Brinkman scored two goals apiece as the Bobcats built an 8-0 lead in the first 23 minutes.

Greenstein finished with three goals and two assists. Anna Duke and Emma Noto both scored twice.