BRUNSWICK — Taylor Choate scored 15 of her game-high 38 points in the final 7:35 to help Bowdoin to an 87-78 win over Smith in the second round of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament Saturday.

Bowdoin improved to 28-1 and advanced to play SUNY New Paltz in the third round. Smith is done at 22-6.

The Polar Bears scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 66-64 when Abby Kelly, who finished with 19 points, scored with 7:40 left.

Choate took over from there, scoring nine points in a span of 4:25, including a 3-pointer to give Bowdoin an 80-73 lead with 3:15 remaining.

ITHACA 74, ST. JOSEPH’S 63: Annie Giannone scored 18 first-half points as the Bombers beat the Monks in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Ithaca improved to 24-5 and advanced to play the DeSales University in the third round. St. Joseph’s finished 28-2.

The Bombers jumped out to a 50-29 lead at the half. St. Joseph’s was within six with 4:28 left in the second quarter before Ithaca closed on a 20-5 run.

Kellyanne O’Reilly added 19 points for Ithaca. Giannone finished with 22 points and nine assists,

Kelsi McNamara scored 30 points for St. Joseph’s while Julia Champagne added 13.

MAINE 67, BINGHAMTON 60: Blanca Millan scored 23 points and the Black Bears (22-7, 15-1 America East) defeated the Bearcats (12-17, 7-9) to clinch the America East regular-season title in Vestal, New York.

Fanny Wadling added 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists for Maine, which pulled away with a 23-12 run in the third quarter. The Black Bears will open the conference playoffs at home against New Hampshire at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Rebecca Carmody scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Binghamton.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

BINGHAMTON 83, UMAINE 60: J.C. Show scored 30 points and made a school-record 10 3-pointers on 10-of-14 shooting from behind the arc and the Bearcats (9-21, 5-10) beat the Black Bears (5-25, 3-12) in Bangor to secure the No. 7 seed in the America East Conference tournament.

Vincent Eze scored a career-high 22 points and had 11 rebounds for the Black Bears, who have lost seven straight.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

ENDICOTT 4, UNE 2: Juliana Gibbs scored twice in the third period and the second-ranked Gulls (18-4-4) defeated the fifth-seeded Nor’easters (16-10-1) in the Colonial Hockey Conference semifinals in Beverly, Massachusetts. Katie Babineau and Jessie Scott scored for UNE.

MEN’S HOCKEY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 6, SALVE REGINA 2: The No. 15 Nor’easters (20-6-2, 11-5-1) raced to a 4-1 lead in the first period and held on to beat the No. 12 Hawks (18-7-2, 13-3-1) in the championship game of the CCC tournament at Boss Arena in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

UNE earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. The field will be announced at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

UMASS 6, UMAINE 0: The Minutemen (26-7, 17-5 Hockey East) scored four goals in the second period to take control and beat the Black Bears (14-15-5, 10-9-4) in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Oliver Chau scored twice for UMass.

SOFTBALL

MAINE 5, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 4: Emma Larke scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a bunt by Makayla Livingston to lift the Black Bears (2-6) past the Kangaroos (13-5) in Abilene, Texas.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN 9, MAINE 2: Linsey Tomlinson went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in the sixth inning to power the Wildcats (6-7) past the Black Bears (2-7) in Abilene, Texas.

BASEBALL

LIBERTY SWEEPS MAINE: Jonathan Embry scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Cam Locklear in the bottom of the seventh to help the Flames (7-3) complete a sweep of the Black Bears (0-9) by winning 3-2 in the second game in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Logan Mathieu drove in three runs, and Andrew McInvale allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings to lead Liberty to a 7-0 win in the opening game.

MEN’S LACROSSE

AMHERST 24, COLBY 6: Colin Minicus scored five goals as the Mammoths cruised to a win over the Mules in Waterville in the season-opener for both teams. C.J. Hassan scored two goals for Colby.

BOWDOIN 8, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 7: Cal Fullerton scored the winning goal with 39 seconds left in overtime to lift the Polar Bears over the Camels in their NESCAC season opener in Brunswick.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

BATES 11, MIDDLEBURY 10: Summer Dias scored three goals, including the winner in overtime to lead the Bobcats (3-0, 1-0 NESCAC) over the Panthers (0-1, 0-1) in Middlebury, Vermont.

COLBY 6, AMHERST 5: Taylor Moore scored twice to lead the Mules (1-0, 1-0) over the Mammoths (0-1, 0-1) in Amherst, Massachusetts.


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