Hartford, UMBC Advance to Tournament Finals; Six Games on Saturday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Six America East teams are in action on Saturday as teams head down the final stretch of non-conference play before America East conference games begin on Jan. 2.
Hartford (9-3) and UMBC (4-8) both move on to their respective tournament finals with wins on Friday afternoon.
The Hawks beat UMES, 53-38, in the Terrapin Classic, and will battle No. 9/9 Maryland in the final at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hartford held UMES to a season-low 38 points. Nikki Smith led Hartford with 14 points, while Daphne Elliott added 12.
UMBC broke its five-game losing streak with a 48-43 win over Wagner in the Hawk Classic. The Retrievers take on St. Joe's in the tournament final at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Brittany Crowell and Kristin Coles combined for 31 of UMBC's 48 points. Crowell had a game-high 21, including eight-straight during a 12-0 run by the Retrievers that turned a seven-point second half deficit into a five-point lead.
Four more America East teams return from break on Saturday, including Boston U. (8-3) putting its five-game winning streak on the line against Fairleigh Dickinson in the Christmas City Classic. Binghamton also plays in the Christmas City Classic against Lehigh.
Other games feature New Hampshire at Colgate at 4 p.m., and Vermton at Canisius at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 29
Boston U. vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 2 p.m. Live Stats | Audio | Video
Vermont at Canisius, 2 p.m. - Live Stats | Video
New Hampshire at Colgate, 4 p.m. - Live Stats | Audio | Video
Binghamton at Lehigh, 4:30 p.m. - Live Stats | Video
Hartford vs. No. 9/9 Maryland, 4:30 p.m. -- Live Stats | Video
UMBC vs. St. Joseph's, 2 p.m. -- Live Stats | Video