The Bowdoin women’s basketball team received an at-large bid Monday to the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament, joining the University of New England, St. Joseph’s and Husson in the 64-team field.

UNE, St. Joseph’s and Husson earned automatic bids by winning conference tournaments.

Bowdoin, meanwhile, lost in the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals, but the Polar Bears (21-4) still made the tournament for the 16th time in 17 years.

St. Joseph’s (24-4), the Great Northeast Athletic Conference champion, has a tough opening-round matchup Friday at Tufts (25-2), last year’s NCAA runner-up.

The winner of that game plays Saturday against Husson (22-4) or DeSales (20-7).

UNE (23-5), making its fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, will travel to Pennsylvania to face Scranton (24-3).

Bowdoin’s first-round game Friday is in Ithaca, New York, against SUNY New Paltz (18-8). The winner advances to play Ithaca (24-3) or RIT (19-8).

Game times have yet to be announced.

(2) BAYLOR 103, (16) OKLAHOMA 64: Alexis Prince scored 24 points to help visiting Baylor roll to a win, just two days after Coach Kim Mulkey’s rant defending the reputation of her school and its football team, which is in the midst of a sexual assault scandal.

(12) TEXAS 69, (24) KANSAS STATE 61: Joyner Holmes scored 17 points and Lashann Higgs added 16 as visiting Texas secured the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

(25) TEMPLE 66, CENTRAL FLORIDA 60: Alliya Butts hit four 3-pointers to become Temple’s single-season leader for 3s and Feyonda Fitzgerald set a conference assist record in a win at Orlando, Florida.

Butts passed Shey Peddy for the honor and Fitzgerald put her name in the American Athletic Conference record book with her 205th assist.

A RECORD-SETTING performance by Kelsey Plum highlighted the penultimate week of the regular season.

The Washington guard set the NCAA career scoring record in unbelievable fashion, scoring 57 points on Saturday against Utah.

She came into the game needing 54 points to match Jackie Stiles’ mark and Plum broke the decades-old record midway through the fourth quarter of the win.

POLL: UConn remains the No. 1 team this week, with Baylor, Notre Dame, Maryland and South Carolina following the Huskies.


ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A 19-year-old player from Erie Community College has been charged after attacking a referee during the final seconds of the junior college national championship game.

According to the Broome County Sheriff’s office, Brandon Day was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.

Day was serving a penalty Sunday night when he bolted onto the ice before his penalty was over during the game between Erie and Dakota College of Bottineau at Broome Community College.

Video shows Day skating toward the official and knocking him backward as the referee falls hard on the ice. The other two officials quickly intervened with several players and subdued Day.

Day is from Cheektowaga, New York, and is due back in court in March.


(23) VIRGINIA 53, (5) UNC 43: Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize North Carolina’s size in a win at Charlottesville, Virginia.

Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers.

Joel Berry II scored 12 points to lead the Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4).

(11) BAYLOR 71, (10) WEST VIRGINIA 62: Johnathan Motley scored 19 of his 23 points after halftime as Baylor won its home finale.

The Bears (24-6, 11-6 Big 12) avenged a 21-point loss at West Virginia on Jan. 10, which came after Baylor had won its first 15 games and reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history.