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Title win puts Western Md. in NCAA tourney


Junior forward Jen Piccolomini scored 14 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as Western Maryland beat Swarthmore, 66-38, for the Centennial Conference championship at Westminster.

With the win, Western Maryland (22-6) clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Green Terror, which also got 13 points from Kris Brust, scored the game's first six points and ran out to a 29-12 halftime lead.

Salisbury 71, Marymount 56: Junior guard Amy Campion posted a double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Sea Gulls (23-4) over the Saints (22-6) in the Capital Athletic Conference title game.

Salisbury, the tournament's top seed, claimed its third straight CAC title and earned the conference's automatic bid into next week's NCAA tournament. The Gulls will be making their third straight NCAA appearance and fifth in the past eight seasons.

Coppin State 78, Florida A&M; 52: Jackie Johnson-Stewart scored a career-high 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting to pace the host Eagles (12-13, 10-6) to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win over the Rattlerettes (9-16, 5-11).

LaKesha Wills added 11 points and four rebounds for Coppin. Phaedra Mashburn led Florida A&M; with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Bethune-Cookman 44, Morgan State 37: Latonya Reed scored 16 points as the visiting Wildcats (13-11, 8-8 in MEAC) defeated the Bears (1-24, 1-15) despite shooting just 29 percent from the field.

UMES 74, North Carolina A&T; 63: Destiney Avent, Neferteria Franklin and Menittia Miller each scored 13 points as the Hawks (11-5, 8-9) dropped the host Lady Aggies (2-24, 1-16) in a MEAC matchup.

Mount St. Mary's 82, Long Island 71: The visiting Mountaineers (12-15, 9-9 Northeast Conference) used a 32-9 game-ending run to rally for the conference victory.

Adrienne Harris led the winners with 28 points.

Sacred Heart 69, UMBC 52: The visiting Retrievers (12-15, 8-10) shot just 25.5 percent from the field and had only two assists in falling to the Pioneers (17-10, 13-5).

Four Sacred Heart players were in double figures, led by Brooke Kelly's 18 points. UMBC got 16 points off the bench from Sheila Johnson and 15 from Shalayna Johnson.

Army 75, Navy 67: Katie Macfarlane registered game highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Black Knights (10-17, 5-9) past the Mids (13-14, 5-9) in a Patriot League game.

Navy, which got 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench from Bryanna Herring, managed just 11 points in the first 14:30 of the game and shot just 28 percent from the field in the first half.

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