BANGOR — New Hampshire took charge early and never trailed Wednesday night, coming away with a 65-57 victory against Maine in an America East women’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine (15-14, 8-6), in fourth place in America East, has two games remaining, at Albany and home against Binghamton, before the league tournament begins March 4 in Portland.

New Hampshire (22-4, 12-1), the league leader, scored the first five points and opened a 37-24 halftime lead.

Carlie Pogue had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Olivia Healy added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats.

Sigi Koizar totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds for Maine.

(2) MARYLAND 89, WISCONSIN 40: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half, and Maryland (26-1, 14-0 Big Ten) breezed past Wisconsin (6-20, 1-12) at College Park, Maryland, for its 14th straight victory.

The Terrapins bolted to a 16-0 lead, went up 43-14 at halftime and emptied the bench well before the finish.

WEST VIRGINIA 66, (24) KANSAS STATE 59: Chania Ray and Lanay Montgomery had double-doubles, and West Virginia (18-8, 6-8 Big 12) held off Kansas State (18-8, 8-6) at Morgantown, West Virginia, despite blowing most of a 19-point lead.

Ray had 14 points and 10 assists, and Montgomery added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers. Katina Pardee hit four 3-pointers and also had 14 points.


NEW HAMPSHIRE 64, MAINE 51: Jaleen Smith and Tanner Leissner combined to score 41 points, and New Hampshire (16-11, 7-6 America East) defeated Maine (6-23, 2-12) at Durham, New Hampshire.

The Black Bears trailed 17-15 with under eight minutes remaining in the first half before New Hampshire went on an 18-4 run and led 35-19 at the break.

Andrew Fleming scored 16 points to lead Maine.

(10) NORTH CAROLINA 97, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 73: Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help North Carolina (22-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast) beat rival North Carolina State (14-13, 3-11) at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Luke Maye added a career-high 13 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 56 percent while dominating both the paint and the glass to blow out the Wolfpack for the second time in a month. UNC had won the first meeting 107-56 for the second-worst loss in N.C. State’s history.

(18) CINCINNATI 68, SOUTH FLORIDA 54: Kevin Johnson scored 14 points, and Gary Clark had 13 points and 14 rebounds as Cincinnati (23-2, 12-1 American Athletic) bounced back from its first loss in two months with a victory against South Florida (7-18, 1-3) at Tampa, Florida.

The Bearcats shrugged off last Sunday’s nine-point loss to SMU and surpassed their victory total for last season. Kyle Washington had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Jacob Evans overcame early foul trouble to finish with 10 points.

SETON HALL 87, (20) CREIGHTON 81: Khadeen Carrington scored the final 10 points of his career-high 41 in the closing minute and Seton Hall (16-9, 6-7 Big East) beat Creighton (21-5, 8-5) at Newark, New Jersey.

Desi Rodriguez had 18 points, and Angel Delgado added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Pirates.

ARKANSAS 83, (21) SOUTH CAROLINA 76: Jaylen Barford tied his career high with 23 points and Arkansas (19-7, 8-5 Southeastern) got its first road win over a ranked opponent in almost three years, beating South Carolina (10-6, 10-3) at Columbia, South Carolina.

(23) MARYLAND 74, NORTHWESTERN 64: Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, and Maryland (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten) defeated Northwestern (19-7, 8-5) at Evanston, Illinois.