Maine 73, Santa Clara 69
SEATTLE (AP) _ Cindy Blodgett scored a tournament-record 32 points, including the final three of the game, as Maine beat Santa Clara 73-69 Wednesday night in the first round of the Seattle Times Husky Classic.
With 40 seconds remaining and Maine leading 70-69 with the shot clock winding down, Blodgett lost her dribble, but teammate Catherine Gallant dove to the floor to recover the ball.
Gallant passed to Blodgett, who hit a five-foot jumper in the lane to give the Black Bears a 72-69 lead.
Santa Clara had two final chances but Suzanne Ressa, who scored 24 points and hit 4 three-pointers, could not connect.
Maine, of the North Atlantic Conference, improves to 8-3 while Santa Clara, of the West Coast Conference, falls to 3-5.
Ressa missed a three-pointer off the rim with 14 seconds remaining and Maine’s Stephanie Guidi blocked her final attempt with five seconds to go.
Blodgett added a free throw with two seconds left to seal the victory.
Sandi Carver scored 13 points and Stacia Rustad 12 for Maine.
Christie Hollowell scored 12 points for Santa Clara and Julie Brantley had 11.
Santa Clara led 40-34 at the half.