Chantell Alford powers BU women’s basketball to win over UMBC

Texas' Imani McGee-Stafford (34) and Celina Rodrigo (2) defend as Baylor center Brittney Griner (42) moves to the basket for a shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Brittney Griner helped drive No. 1 Baylor past Imani McGee-Stafford (left) and Texas with a 30-point, 11-rebound, 5-block performance. (AP)
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Chantell Alford and Mo Moran are finishing their careers in style.

Alford scored 26 points and fellow senior Moran added 14 as Boston University steamrolled Maryland-Baltimore County, 72-51, Saturday at Case Gym.

The Terriers improved to 23-5 and 13-2 in America East to rebound from Thursday’s loss to conference-leading Albany, which handed BU its only two America East defeats.

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Alford topped 20 points for the ninth time this season and Moran added five rebounds as the seniors prepare for their final regular-season game Wednesday against Maine. The duo has helped the Terriers to 79 wins during their four seasons.

Raven Harris had 15 points and six steals for UMBC (10-17, 6-8).

Baylor 67, Texas 47 — Brittney Griner scored 30 points and the No. 1 Lady Bears (26-1, 15-0) celebrated a Big 12 title already in hand with dozens of former players in the stands by routing the visiting Longhorns (10-16, 3-12).

Griner finished with 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Lady Bears won their 24th in a row. Baylor extended a pair of record streaks: 54 home wins and 37 wins in conference.

UConn 90, Seton Hall 30 — Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 18 points to help the No. 3 Huskies (25-2, 12-1 Big East) bounce back from its loss to Baylor with a blowout of the visiting Pirates. Both players scored their 1,000th career point.

Harvard 69, Yale 66 — Christine Clark’s 20 points and 13 rebounds helped the host Crimson (15-8, 6-3 Ivy) hold off the Bulldogs (10-14, 5-5).

Brown 59, Dartmouth 39 — The visiting Bears (8-16, 2-8 Ivy) held the Big Green (6-17, 4-5) to 33 percent shooting. Lauren Clarke had 14 points and six boards for the victors.

Holy Cross 57, Bucknell 49 — Molly Hourigan had 16 points and the host Crusaders (15-12, 7-5 Patriot) built a 13-point halftime lead and cruised past the Bison (13-14, 4-8).

Binghamton 55, UNH 42 — Cari Reed and Kelsey Hogan combined for 25 points but the visiting Bearcats (5-22, 4-10 America East) pulled away to down the Wildcats (10-16, 5-9).

Stony Brook 56, Maine 53 — Lauren Bodine scored 16 points but the host Seawolves (14-14, 6-9 America East) rallied in the second half to get past the Black Bears (4-23, 3-11).

Quinnipiac 67, Sacred Heart 62 — Jasmine Martin scored 22 points and the visiting Bobcats (24-2, 15-0) clinched the school’s second Northeast Conference regular-season title.

Central Conn. 76, Bryant 66 — Kaley Watras scored 26 points to boost the Blue Devils (14-12, 8-7 Northeast) past the host Bulldogs (10-15, 6-8).

Cincinnati 64, Providence 45 — Symone Roberts scored 10 points to go over 1,000 for her career but the host Bearcats (11-16, 3-11 Big East) drubbed the Friars (7-19, 2-11).

Stonehill 73, Bentley 66 — Mary Louise Dixon scored 16 points and Asia Ewing and Tori Faieta each added 14 as the host Skyhawks (22-3, 18-3 Northeast-10), ranked 14th in Division 2, handed the No. 1 Falcons (24-1, 20-1) their first loss.

NESCAC semifinals — Marcia Voigt had 14 points and eight assists and sixth-ranked Amherst (25-1) breezed past Bowdoin, 60-45, and into Sunday’s final (2:30 p.m. at Amherst). In the second semifinal, Williams (22-4) handled Middlebury, 59-49, with Claire Baecher providing 15 points.

NEWMAC semifinals — Sarah Collins finished scored 17 points and 17th-ranked Babson cruised to a 51-35 win over visiting WPI. The Beavers (24-2) will meet Wellesley in Sunday’s final after The Blue (15-9) surprised Smith, 73-61, in the other semifinal.

North Atlantic final — Tournament MVP Taylor DeSanty finished with 27 points, lifting Colby-Sawyer to a 65-59 win over host Castleton State (26-2), earning the Chargers (23-5) their first conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

MASCAC final — Jenna Williamson scored 34 points to win tourney MVP honors and rally Bridgewater State to an 85-72 win over visiting Westfield State and their third straight NCAA Division 3 tournament appearance.

Little East final — Jordan Grant had 23 points and No. 9 Southern Maine (27-1) posted a 90-66 rout of UMass-Dartmouth in Gorham, Maine, sending the Huskies to their 20th NCAA Division 3 tournament berth.

Great Northeast final — Fiona O’Dwyer and Laura Benvenuto each scored 15 points and host Emmanuel (23-5) rolled past Suffolk, 68-45, to win its seventh straight GNAC title. The Saints will be making their 18th NCAA Division 3 tournament appearance.