Vermont outscored the University of Maine 18-10 in the final 5:01 of the fourth quarter Wednesday night for a 68-60 America East women’s basketball win at Burlington, Vermont.

The Black Bears (12-11, 8-3) trailed from the start, but tied the game at 50 on a hook shot by Adrianna Smith with 5:01 left.

Catherine Gilwee had seven points and Anna Olson six as the Catamounts (17-6, 9-2 AE) pulled away. Both finished with 11 points.

Emma Utterback led Vermont with 17.

Adrianna Smith scored a game-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds for Maine. Paige Gallego added 13 points.

ST. JOSEPH’S 87, ANNA MARIA 65: Hannah Talon had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Monks (18-4, 13-1 GNAC) over the Amcats (6-15, 3-10) in Paxton, Massachusetts.


Nina Howe scored 19 points for St. Joseph’s and Elisabeth Stapelfeld added 12.

Arianna Saladini led Anna Maria with 22 points. Marinique Reddin had 18 and seven rebounds.

SOUTHERN MAINE 68, PLYMOUTH STATE 52: Tamrah Gould had 17 points and five steals to power the Huskies (6-16, 4-9 LEC) past the Panthers (5-16, 0-14) at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Franny Ramsdell chipped in with 13 points. Amy Fleming added 11 points and seven rebounds.

SOUTHERN MAINE CC 115, GREAT BAY CC 50: Maddy York shot 11 for 18 from beyond the arc, putting up a career-high 39 points in just 19 minutes as the Seawolves (17-5, 10-1 YSCC) rolled by the Herons (6-11, 4-10) in South Portland.

Ashleigh Mathisen made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points for SMCC. Hope Butler added 12 and six assists, Asja Andrews had 11 points and Kaiyla Delisle had 11 points and 14 rebounds.


Mary Paradis led Great Bay with 25 points and nine rebounds.

MARQUETTE 59, (4) UCONN 52: The visiting Huskies (21-4, 13-1 Big East) lost back-to-back games for the first time in three decades, falling to Marquette (16-8, 9-6 Big East).

The Huskies, who were playing three nights after an 81-77 home loss to No. 1 South Carolina, lost consecutive games for the first time since March 1993.

Chloe Marotta had 19 points and Jordan King added 18 for Marquette, which beat UConn for the first time in 17 meetings.

Dorka Juhasz led UConn with 15 points. Aubrey Griffin and Lou Lopez Senechal added 12 points each.

(13) OHIO STATE 93, MINNESOTA 63: Cotie McMahon and Taylor Mikesell combined for 49 points on 17-of-28 shooting and host Ohio State (21-4, 10-4 Big Ten Conference) rolled to a victory over Minnesota (9-15, 2-11).


(15) VILLANOVA 82, GEORGETOWN 53: Maddy Siegrist scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Kaitlyn Orihel added a career-high 20 points and visiting Villanova (21-4, 12-2 Big East) beat Georgetown (12-12, 5-10).

SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina’s capital city is planning a statue honoring two-time national championship coach Dawn Staley.

The city of Columbia and the group, Statues for Equality, are working together on Staley’s statue. The organization is dedicated to increasing the number of female honorees for their contributions to society.

A rendering of the statue is in the works and should take about a year to build and install once a design is approved by Staley.

The statue will cost about $140,000 and be split between the Statues for Equality organization and private donations. Plans call for it to be installed across from the South Carolina Statehouse.

Staley would be the third person connected with South Carolina athletics to have a statue. The Gamecocks’ lone Heisman Trophy honoree, 1980 winner George Rogers, has a statue outside the football stadium. One of Staley’s best players, WNBA champion A’ja Wilson, has a statue near the entrance of the basketball arena.


Staley is in her 15th season as South Carolina women’s basketball coach. She’s won NCAA Tournament titles in 2017 and 2022. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 1 in the country and are 23-0. They play Auburn on Thursday night.


GREAT BAY CC 77, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 70: Theodore Wolfe had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kingsley Breen added 15 points as the Herons (15-7, 7-7 YSCC) topped the Seawolves (15-7, 7-4) in South Portland.

Jesus Carpio had 11 points for Great Bay and Ethan Arnold chipped in 10.

Thomas Martinotti led SMCC with 15 points. DeSean Cromwell and Jack Pyzynski scored 13 apiece and Cayman Warburton contributed 11.

ANNA MARIA 74, ST. JOSEPH’S 72: Kennedy Minix-Rogers hit a jumper with four seconds remaining as the Amcats (6-17, 5-10) edged the Monks (12-11, 8-7) at Paxton, Massachusetts.


Gabe Armstead and Sean Zabari led Anna Maria with 19 points each. Hayden Braga had 12 points.

St Joseph’s was led by Teagan Hynes with 15 points, Nicholas Curtis with 14 and Camryn Yorke with 11.

SOUTHERN MAINE 75, PLYMOUTH STATE 62: Chance Dixon made four 3-pointers on the way to 16 points as the Huskies (14-8, 8-5) handled the Panthers (9-14, 2-12) in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Diego Colon added 13 points and seven rebounds for USM. Jason Lombard had 12 points and Cody Hawes had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Plymouth State’s Kyler Bosse led all scorers with 18 points. Tyson Thomas had 13 points.

VERMONT 74, MAINE 65: Finn Sullivan scored 21 points with nine rebounds as the Catamounts (14-10, 8-2 AE) beat the Black Bears (10-14, 4-7) at Bangor.


Matt Veretto added 16 points and Dylan Penn had 14 points for Vermont, which has 26 straight wins over Maine.

Gedi Juozapaitis led the Black Bears with 16 points followed by Ata Turgut with 14 and Kellen Tynes with 13.

(2) HOUSTON 80, TULSA 42: Marcus Sasser scored 25 points and had five 3-pointers, Emanuel Sharp added 13 points and host Houston (23-2, 11-1 American Athletic Conference) routed Tulsa (5-18, 1-11) for its fifth straight win.

VANDERBILT 66, (6) TENNESSEE 65: Tyrin Lawrence knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer as Vanderbilt (12-12, 5-6 SEC)  snapped an 11-game skid against its in-state rival by upsetting visiting Tennessee (19-5, 8-2).

Students rushed the court and joined the Commodores in celebrating easily the biggest win in Coach Jerry Stackhouse’s fourth season..

Tennessee had a chance to finish off the win after Olivier Nkamhoua knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 50 seconds left for a 65-63 lead. Liam Robbins missed a turnaround jumper with 27 seconds for Vanderbilt, and Zakai Zeigler grabbed the rebound.


Vanderbilt kept fouling until Santiago Vescovi went to the line with 8 seconds left. He missed the first shot, and Lawrence grabbed the rebound. Stackhouse took a timeout with 4 seconds to go to set up the final play, and Ezra Manjon found Lawrence in the corner for the winning bucket.

WEST VIRGINIA 76, (11) IOWA STATE 71: Kedrian Johnson tied a career high with 22 points, and host West Virginia (15-9, 4-7 Big 12) held off  Iowa State (16-7, 7-4).

Emmitt Mathews added a season-high 20 points for the Mountaineers, who have won five of seven to get their season moving in the right direction after they dropped five in a row during one stretch.

(23) CREIGHTON 75, SETON HALL 62: Baylor Scheierman had 19 points and nine rebounds, Ryan Nembhard added 15 on 6-of-7 shooting and dished out four assists, and Creighton (16-8, 10-3 Big East) fended off a feisty Seton Hall (15-10, 8-6) at Newark, New Jersey.


UMAINE: The University of Maine announced that Derham Cato has been hired as tight ends coach.


Cato most recently served as a tight ends coach at the University of Washington during the 2020 and 2021 seasons after spending four seasons as an offensive analyst.

Cato was also an offensive line and tight ends coach at Davidson in 2014 and 2015, an offensive and defensive graduate assistant at Vanderbilt from 2011-13, and a tight ends coach and strength and conditioning coach at Dartmouth in 2010.

FLORIDA STATE: Coach Mike Norvell, whose team ended last season with a six-game winning streak, was rewarded with a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $8.05 million annually through 2029.

Norvell earned $4.5 million last year and would have made $7.25 million in the final year of his previous contract.

This is the second extension for Norvell, who was hired after the 2019 season. The Seminoles added a year to his contract following the 2021 season. FSU finished 10-3 last season and ranked No. 11 in the final AP college football poll.

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