Hannah Talon scored 16 of her 22 points in the second quarter as the St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team cruised to an 88-48 win over the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday in Farmington.

The Monks (3-2) scored 31 points in the second quarter to stretch a five-point lead to 23 points at the half.

Hailey Anderson added 14 points and Logan Brown had 13 for Southern Maine. Both Nina Howe and Elisabeth Stapelfeld each added 10.

Grace Dwyer scored 18 points and Jaycie Stevens added 11 for UMF.


BOWDOIN 81, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 51: James McGowan scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Polar Bears (2-2) beat the Nor’easters (2-4) in Brunswick.


Xander Werkman added 13 points and eight rebounds for Bowdoin. Afamdi Achufusi, Jaden Hill and Kevin Reeves each chipped in 10.

Winston Bryan had 12 points, while Adrian Torres and Sam McElliot each added 11.

SOUTHERN MAINE 73, BATES 64: Clay Kuhn scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half as the Huskies (5-1) rallied to beat the Bobcats (1-2) in Gorham.

Mark Asare added 15 points an Cody Hawes had 11 points and nine rebounds for USM, which scored 38 points in the second half to overcome and seven-point deficit and earn the win.

Jahmir Primer had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Stephen Ward had 13 rebounds for Bates.

UM-FARMINGTON 84, ST. JOSEPH’S 83 (OT): Terion Moss dropped in 35 points to lift the Beavers (3-1) to an overtime victory over the Monks (2-3) in Farmington.


Jack Kane added 17 points, five rebounds and six blocks. Zachary Mickle finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Ashtyn Abbott led St. Joseph’s with 27 points and 14 rebounds. John Paul Frazier logged 14 points and five rebounds. Grant Foley tallied 11 points and nine assists and Nicholas Curtis had 11 points.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Final Four is headed for the first time to Las Vegas, where wagering on the NCAA Tournament has long been a staple of March Madness revelry, after the NCAA awarded the men’s national semifinals and championship game to Allegiant Stadium for the 2027-28 season.

The NCAA also announced Tuesday that Ford Field in Detroit would host the Final Four in 2027, while Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis would get the 2029 event and AT&T Stadium in Dallas would get the 2030 event.

“We are excited to bring the NCAA’s premier championship to Las Vegas, a city that for a number of years has hosted numerous championships from several member conferences,” said Bradley Athletic Director Chris Reynolds, who chairs the NCAA selection committee. “The feedback from leagues, the fans of their teams and the media covering the events staged there has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are confident we’ll get the same reviews.”

The national championship this season will be decided at NRG Stadium in Houston, while State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, the Alamodome in San Antonio and Lucas Oil Stadium already had been chosen for the following three Final Fours.


The NCAA long shied away from taking marquee events to Las Vegas because of its reputation as a gambling mecca. But the stance softened over the years, particularly as sports wagering became legal in states across the country, and many leagues have made its glitzy arenas the homes of their postseason basketball tournaments.

(21) TEXAS TECH 70, LOUISVILLE 38: Kevin Obanor scored 15 points and the Red Raiders (4-1) held the Cardinals (0-5) to its lowest point total in 74 years in a victory in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The Red Raiders bounced back from their 76-65 loss to No. 10 Creighton on Monday with their most dominating defensive performance since holding Incarnate Word to 37 points in 2018.


AMHERTS 5, UNE 2: Kate Pohl scored two goals in the third period as the 11th-ranked Mammoths (2-1) pulled away to beat the Nor’easters (5-3) in Biddeford.

Marie-Eve Marleau, Jayna Park and Emily Hohmann also scored for Amherst, which outshot UNE 49-16.


Piper Desorcie and Bella Crugnale scored for UNE, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

UNE’s Delanie Corcoran had 44 saves, Amherst’s Natalie Stott had 14.

COLBY 7, SOUTHERN MAINE 2: Sophia Kennedy and Meg Rittenhouse each had two goals as the Mules (1-0-0) handled the Huskies (4-5-0) in Gorham.

McKinley Karpa, Audrey Shirer and Breanna Studley each scored once for Colby. Paige Bolyard and Mandy Busky combined for 11 saves in goal.

Madison Chagnon scored both goals for USM. Ellie Fredenburg made 29 saves and Haley McKim had seven.



SALEM STATE 5, SOUTHERN MAINE 4 (OT): Zach Dill scored in overtime as the Vikings (1-5) beat the Huskies (1-7) in Salem, Mass.

Luke Day, Landyn Greatorex, Erik Larsson and Matt Yianacopolus each had a goal for Salem State. Dean Hahn racked up 32 saves.

Tyler Gardiner, Raphael Lajeunesse, Austin Marini and Mathieu Sabourin all scored once for USM. Mason Palmer turned away 40 shots.


CFP RANKINGS: LSU moved up to fifth and Southern California was sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.

The top four remained the same for the third straight week, but the teams chasing changed order after Tennessee lost to South Carolina last Saturday night.


Two huge games this weekend could create more clarity.

Michigan is at Ohio State on Saturday and USC hosts Notre Dame, which checked in at 15th in the selection committee’s rankings.

There are two more rankings left. The final ones on Dec. 4 set the field for the College Football Playoff. The semifinals will be played Dec. 31 in the Peach and Fiesta bowls. The national championship game will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Alabama was seventh, though the Crimson Tide don’t seem to have a realistic route to make the College Football Playoff for the eight time in nine years. LSU and Georgia are already locked into the Southeastern Conference title game.

Clemson came in at ninth and Tennessee fell to 10th.

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