CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Stephanie Watts made a 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday to give the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team a 59-58 win over Maine.

With two seconds left and the ball on North Carolina’s baseline, Xylina McDaniel one-touched the inbounds pass to Watts in the corner to set up the winning shot.

Sigi Koizar, who scored a game-high 21 points, led a second-half comeback that had Maine rallying from a 43-30 deficit with 4:29 left in the third quarter. Koizar scored Maine’s final eight points, including a jumper with four seconds left for a 58-56 lead.

Sophie Weckstrom made a career-high six 3-pointers for 18 points, and Mikaela Gustafsson recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Black Bears (9-6) struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 32 field goals, including 3 of 15 in the first quarter. Despite the poor shooting, Maine trailed just 31-25 at halftime.

Watts finished with 18 points, and Hillary Summers added 10 points with 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (10-5).


The Black Bears open their America East Conference schedule Wednesday at Vermont.

SOUTHERN MAINE 82, FRAMINGHAM STATE 72: Megan Pelletier scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Huskies (6-5) over the Rams (7-4) at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Pelletier, who made 11 of 25 field goals and 6 of 6 free throws, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter when the Huskies outscored the Rams 22-12.

Ella Ramonas added 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Gretchen Anderson had 13 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

(6) MARYLAND 79, ILLINOIS 63: Brionna Jones had 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as Maryland (12-1, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame a slow start to defeat Illinois (7-5, 0-1) at Champaign, Illinois.

Kristen Confroy led the Terrapins with 17 points.


(9) OHIO STATE 85, (24) MICHIGAN STATE 80: Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points and Ameryst Alston added 23 as Ohio State (9-3, 1-0 Big Ten) rallied past Michigan State (9-3, 0-1) at Columbus, Ohio.

The teams traded the lead five times in the fourth quarter, the last coming on a putback by Ohio State guard Asia Doss with 36 seconds left.

(12) DUKE 78, NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON 56: Rebecca Greenwell hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and Duke (11-3) defeated North Carolina-Wilmington (4-7) at Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Blue Devils only led 20-19 after one quarter as Wilmington cashed in on turnovers to erase a 10-point deficit. Duke took control in the second quarter by hitting 8 of 12 shots while the Seahawks went 3 of 15.

PENN STATE 79, (14) NORTHWESTERN 72: Freshman Teniya Page scored 27 points, Connecticut transfer Brianna Banks had 25 and Penn State (6-6, 1-0 Big Ten) continued its dominance of Northwestern (11-2, 0-1), at University Park, Pennsylvania.

The Nittany Lions made 8 of 12 free throws in the final 1:41 to beat the Wildcats for the 20th time in 21 home games and 10th straight time overall.



BATES 83, BABSON 78: Marcus Delpeche scored 21 points as the Bobcats (5-5) defeated the Beavers (6-4) at Lewiston.

Malcolm Delpeche added 16 points and Mike Boornazian finished with 15 for the Bobcats, who took the lead for good 20-18 with 8:59 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Shawn Strickland.

Strickland scored 12 points.

Joey Flannery had 35 points for Babson.

(16) VILLANOVA 95, (6) XAVIER 64: Ryan Arcidiacono hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points as Villanova (11-2, 1-0 Big East) thumped visiting Xavier (12-1, 0-1).

The two-time defending regular-season Big East champions and the 2015 tournament champs raced to a 20-point lead in the first half behind a 3-point happy offense.

(12) PROVIDENCE 91, (9) BUTLER 73: Rodney Bullock scored a career-high 25 points, and Kris Dunn came close to a triple-double as Providence (13-1, 1-0 Big East) came back to defeat Butler (11-2, 0-1) at Indianapolis.

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