BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Maine broke open a big lead in the first quarter Thursday night in beating Vermont 79-47 in women’s basketball.

The Black Bears (19-9, 12-3 America East) jumped ahead 28-10 in the first quarter and were never threatened by the Catamounts (8-20, 5-10).

Blanca Millan had 22 points for Maine and Tanesha Sutton added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Hanna Crymble led Vermont with 15 points.

UMaine hosts Albany at 1 p.m. Sunday with the top spot in America East on the line.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 77, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 60: The top-seeded Nor’easters (22-5) used a 23-9 third-quarter advantage to break open a game they led 35-29 at halftime and beat the fourth-seeded Golden Bears (17-10) in a Commonwealth Coast tournament semifinal at Biddeford.

Olivia Shaw had nine of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter for UNE and pulled down 22 rebounds. Jocelyn Chaput had 15 points, Kristie McNall added 13 points and Sam MacDonald and Ashley Coneys each added 12.

Emily Farrell led Western New England with 17 points, Dorothy O’Neill and Courtney Carlson each contributed 13.

The Nor’easters will host second-seeded Roger Williams at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the conference championship game.

ST. JOSEPH’S 78, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 65: The Monks (26-1) closed on a 17-4 run, including the final seven points of the game, as they handled the fifth-seeded Falcons (18-8) for their 25th straight win in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference semifinal at Standish.

Kelsi McNamara scored 31 points for St. Joseph’s while Julia Champagne had 16 points, Emily Benway 12 and Hanna Marks 10.

Olivia Bolden led Albertus Magnus with 21 points.

The Monks will host third-seeded Suffok at 1 p.m. Saturday in the GNAC final.

(4) LOUISVILLE 51, VIRGINIA 39: Asia Durr had 13 points as the host Cardinals (28-2, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) topped the Cavaliers (16-12, 9-6).

(9) FLORIDA STATE 67, BOSTON COLLEGE 39: Nicki Ekhomu scored nine of her 17 points in the third quarter as the Seminoles (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) topped the visiting Eagles (7-21, 2-13).

The Seminoles grabbed control by outscoring the Eagles 22-7 in the third quarter.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(9) PURDUE 93, ILLINOIS 86: Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help the visiting Boilermakers top the Illini.

The Boilermakers were without their second-leading scorer Vincent Edwards but had no problem scoring.

(11) CINCINNATI 77, UCONN 52: Gary Clark scored 10 of his 17 points during a decisive spurt as the host Bearcats (24-4, 13-3 American Athletic) topped the Huskies (13-15, 6-9) for the fifth straight time.

DREXEL 85, DELAWARE 83: Tramaine Isabell posted a double-double and made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left to give the host Dragons (12-18, 6-11 Colonial Athletic) a win after trailing by 34 points – the largest come-from-behind win in Division I basketball history.

Jacob Cushing’s 3-pointer with 2:36 before halftime gave the Blue Hens (12-18, 5-12) a 53-19 lead. From there, Drexel outscored Delaware 66-30 on 58-percent shooting.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

BATES 19, COLORADO COLLEGE 14: Camille Belletete had four goals as the Bobcats opened up an early six-goal lead and never trailed, besting the 21st-ranked Tigers in a mutual opener at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Annie Duke, Katie Allard and Summer Dias each added three goals for Bates, which led 10-5 at halftime.

Steph Kelly had four goals and three assists for Colorado College.

Eliza Statile had seven saves for the Bobcats, Zoe Frolik and Alena Stern combined for 30 for the Tigers.

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