WATERVILLE — Jayde Bennett came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points and the Colby women’s basketball team pulled out a 61-59 victory over Williams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

Senior co-captain Aarika Ritchie made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to snap a 59-59 game.

Williams missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.

No. 4 Colby (19-6) advanced to the semifinals, where it will play at top seed Amherst at noon Saturday. Tufts and Bowdoin will play in the other semifinal.

Ritchie went 6-for-6 from the foul line and finished with 12 points. She also had a team-high three steals. Augusta native Rachael Mack finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Men’s basektball

Thomas 83, UMF 77 (OT): Franklin Salvador scored a game-high 26 points and the Terriers rallied for an overtime victory in a North Atlantic Conference game.

Jarrad DeVaughn scored 21 for the Terriers (16-9, 15-3), who trailed 39-33 at halftime. Martin Cleveland added 12 points and nine rebounds for Thomas.

Pet Sumner scored 24 points and Manchester native Kevin Leary added 21 to lead the Beavers (13-11, 10-8), who closed the regular season with consecutive losses. Sumner was a perfect 12 for 12 at the free throw line.

Ben Johnson scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds for UMF as well.

Marist 77, Maine 71: Maine rallied back from a 16-point deficit in the second half, but came up short in a BracketBuster game at Memorial Gym in Orono.

Chavaughn Lewis scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Marist (11-16). Devin Price scored 16 points..

Gerald McLemore scored 20 points and Mike Allison had 12 points and as many rebounds to lead the Black Bears.

Justin Edwards also scored 12 points for Maine (11-15), which out-rebounded Marist 37-34.

Women’s basketball

UMF 81, Thomas 47: Emma Morrison scored a game-high 23 points and the Beavers out-scored the Terriers 49-18 in the second half to break open a close game and earn the victory.

Kenni Norton scored 11 points and Lindsay Ranquist added 10 off the bench for UMF (10-14, 9-9), which had just 13 turnovers.

Kate Thibodeau came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points for Thomas (5-19, 5-13).

Cassie Manning scored nine points while Ashley Matchett and Jasmine Bishop each chipped in with eight.

Women’s hockey

Maine 4, UNH 3: Danielle Ward scored just 3 minutes, 23 seconds into overtime to help the Black Bears erase a 3-0 deficit and earn a team-record 10th Hockey East victory.

The Black Bears (16-10-6, 10-8-2) scored three goals in the third period to force overtime. Missy Denk, Kayla Kaluzny and Dawn Sullivan also scored for Maine.

Kristina Lavoie scored two goals to lead UNH (10-20-3, 4-14-2).

Colby 6, Hamilton 1: The Mules wrapped up a NESCAC player berth with a win and some help.

Colby improved to 6-16-2, 3-12-1 in the conference with its win over Hamilton, then made the playoffs when Trinity beats Wesleyan 2-0. The Mules are the No. 8 seed and will play a quarterfinal game against No. 1 Middlebury on Saturyda.

Lauren Guarente scored the first two goals for Colby. Samantha Slotnick added two goals, while Caroline Chessare and Karlyn Donovan each had one.

Hamilton, which earned the No .4 seed, is 10-13-1, 7-9-0 in the conference.

Also Saturday: University of Southern Maine women’s basketball coach Gary Fifield earned his 600th career victory with a 75-71 win over UMass-Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Mass. Fifield improved to 600-111 in his 24 seasons at USM. The Huskies finished the regular season 20-5, 11-3 in the Little East Conference.


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