No. 3 Baylor edges No. 16 Oklahoma
Top 25: No. 5 Aggies top rivals Texas in 68-65 triumph
No. 3 Baylor 82, No. 16 Oklahoma 81 -- Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. -- Odyssey Sims matched a school record with nine 3-pointers and had 37 points, including the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds that helped third-ranked Baylor beat No. 16 Oklahoma 82-81 on Sunday.
Baylor called timeout after Sims scored on a floater in the lane with 8.3 seconds left. Danielle Robinson then went coast-to-coast for Oklahoma, getting away a shot over Baylor's 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner that hung on the rim before rolling off as the buzzer sounded.
Baylor (26-2, 13-1 Big 12) won for the second time since its only conference loss, at Texas Tech eight days earlier. The Bears maintained a one-game lead over Texas A&M in the league race with two games remaining.
Robinson and Aaryn Ellenberg each had 25 points for Oklahoma (19-9, 9-5), which is 0-6 against top-10 foes this season and has lost two in a row for the first time since March 2008.
No. 4 Tennessee 80, LSU 60 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shekinna Stricklen is glad to finally have something to brag about after all the struggles she and her Tennessee teammates have been through the past few seasons.
With an 80-60 win against LSU on Sunday, the No. 4 Lady Volunteers wrapped up an undefeated SEC season for only the ninth time in coach Pat Summitt's 37 seasons.
"That shows a lot right there,'' Stricklen said. "This class, this team, we've been through a lot. It's good to finally put something in the record books as a good thing. It just shows we're more mature and we're playing better as a team and we're more committed now.''
Stricklen and eight of her current teammates were part of the squad that became the first and only Tennessee team to be eliminated in the first round NCAA tournament after a loss to Ball State in 2009. The Lady Vols finished fourth in the SEC that year after five conference losses.
No. 5 Texas A&M 68, Texas 65 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Ten and counting. Texas A&M's domination of rival Texas just keeps on going.
Danielle Adams scored 26 points and the No. 5 Aggies beat the Longhorns 68-65 on Sunday, their 10th consecutive win against their big rivals in a streak that stretches back to February 2007.
"I haven't lost to Texas since I've been here,'' Texas A&M senior guard Sydney Colson said. "That's something to be proud of.''
This one was different than most in the streak. It was the first time since 2008 the Longhorns had stayed within 10 points of the Aggies.
But the result was the same.
Texas A&M (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) held the Longhorns to just 17 points in the first half - the second-lowest first-half total in Texas history - then held on while the Longhorns rallied with 48 in the second.
No. 6 Xavier 73, Temple 66 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- There was no celebration and little fanfare.
Xavier wasn't interested in making a big deal of its historical win as the sixth-ranked Musketeers have bigger goals in mind.
Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips helped Xavier complete the first back-to-back undefeated seasons in Atlantic 10 history with a 73-66 win against Temple on Sunday that clinched the top seed in the conference tournament.
Harris had 26 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks while Phillips added 18 points and 15 rebounds.
"We just take it one day at a time,'' said Phillips, who had her 18th double-double of the season. "Check this off and focus on that next goal.''
It was the third consecutive regular season conference title for the Musketeers, who returned four starters from last season's team that came within seconds of advancing to the Final Four.
No. 9 Duke 66, No. 13 North Carolina 58 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and No. 9 Duke clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 13 North Carolina 66-58 on Sunday.
Fellow senior Karima Christmas added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2).
They won their third consecutive by building a 52-46 rebounding advantage, forcing 19 turnovers, building a 14-point lead after a 21-5 run - and then holding off North Carolina's late attempt to get back in it.
Italee Lucas scored 15 points and Chay Shegog added 14 for the Tar Heels (22-7, 8-6), the No. 6 seed for the league tournament later this week in Greensboro.
They were held to two field goals in a 9-minute stretch that coincided with Duke's big run, and went on to their fourth consecutive loss.
No. 10 Michigan State 65, Minnesota 51 -- Box Score
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michigan State got to celebrate its Big Ten title and finish the regular season on a winning note.
The 10th-ranked Spartans clinched its first outright conference championship last week when Penn State lost to Purdue. Then, they lost to Ohio State by one point. On Sunday, Michigan State rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Minnesota 65-51.
"I felt like in order for us to kind of put an exclamation point on the outright championship we needed to take one more step and earn it,'' Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said.
The win also kept the Spartans from losing back-to-back games for the first time all season.
"As you're heading into the postseason, you don't want to give committees any opportunity to think you're not on track,'' Marchant said. "You want to be playing good basketball in March.''
No. 12 Miami 70, Georgia Tech 59 -- Box Score
ATLANTA -- Riquna Williams scored 32 points and No. 12 Miami defeated Georgia Tech 70-59 on Sunday to close the ACC regular season with its sixth consecutive victory.
Williams, a junior guard who came in averaging 21.3 points, was 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point arc as Miami (26-3, 12-2) dashed Georgia Tech's hopes of a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. She had 19 points after intermission and finished two shy of her career best.
"When she gets hot, no one can guard this young lady,'' teammate Shenise Johnson said. "I keep saying it. No one in the country can guard Rijuna Williams. I love having her on my team. I wouldn't want to play with anyone else in the country.''
Williams scored eight points in a 12-3 run that gave Miami a 52-42 lead midway in the second half, and Georgia Tech (21-9, 9-5) couldn't get closer than six points the rest of the way.
No. 14 Florida State 67, Clemson 50 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It was senior day at Florida State on Sunday, but it was the underclassmen who took care of business.
Alexa Deluzio scored 22 points and junior Cierra Bravard added 15 as the 14th-ranked Seminoles defeated Clemson 67-50 in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Deluzio scored 16 points in the first half, including a pair of 3-point baskets that spurred a 9-0 run late in the half and sent the Seminoles to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. She was 6 of 10 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Chelsea Davis added 12 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench for the Seminoles (23-6, 11-3), who will play Friday night in the ACC tournament after an opening bye.
No. 15 Maryland 78, Boston College 69 -- Box Score
BOSTON -- Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and nine rebounds, Kim Rodgers scored 16 points and No. 15 Maryland made up for a rough shooting game with strong defense to beat Boston College 78-69 on Sunday.
The Terrapins (23-6, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) went just 3-3 in their last six regular season games after winning seven in a row.
Stefanie Murphy led Boston College with 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. The Eagles (18-11, 5-9) lost four of their final five games of the regular season.
Anjale Barrett had 15 points and Lynetta Kizer 14 for Maryland, which entered the day needing help to get one of the top four spots and a bye in the upcoming league tournament.
No. 20 Kentucky 76, Auburn 62 -- Box Score
AUBURN, Ala. -- Victoria Dunlap scored 19 points and No. 20 Kentucky closed its regular season with a 76-62 win against Auburn on Sunday.
The Wildcats (22-7, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 33-30 at the half after the Tigers' Alli Smalley swished a 35-footer at the buzzer.
Kentucky used a 10-0 run in 2:58 to go up 50-43 with 10:34 to go, then, when the Tigers closed to 57-52, the Wildcats ripped off a 12-3 run ending in a Maegan Conwright three-point play and a 69-55 lead with 3:26 left.
The Wildcats put three more players in double figures: A'dia Mathies scored 13, Keyla Snowden netted 11 and Conwright added 10.
Kentucky shot 26 of 34 (76.5 percent) from the line and forced the Tigers into 29 turnovers.
Smalley led the Tigers (15-14, 8-8) with 24 points, Morgan Jennings scored 16, and Chantel Hilliard and Blanche Alverson each added 10.
No. 21 Marist 60, Fairfield 45 -- Box Score
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Kate Oliver scored 19 points to help No. 21 Marist beat Fairfield 60-45 on Sunday for the Red Foxes' school-record 23rd consecutive win.
Erica Allenspach had 11 points and seven rebounds to help Marist (27-2, 18-0 MAAC) become just the second team in league history to finish unbeaten in conference play since it went to an 18-game schedule. The Red Foxes also accomplished the feat in 2007-08.
Marist, tops in the nation in scoring defense at 49.5 points allowed per game, held Fairfield (17-12, 10-8) to just 19 points in the first half.
Brittany McFarlane scored 12 points and Taryn Johnson had 10 for the Stags.
In a game that featured a dozen first-half lead changes, neither team led by more than three points before the Red Foxes scored the final nine points of the half.
After Fairfield trimmed Marist's 11-point lead to 45-38 midway through the second half, Oliver scored the Red Foxes' next 10 points to seal the win.
Marist will be the top seed in the MAAC tournament, which begins Thursday in Bridgeport, Conn.
Florida 74, No. 22 Georgia 71 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jaterra Bonds scored 22 points, Jordan Jones added 18 and Florida handed No. 22 Georgia its third consecutive loss 74-71 on Sunday.
The Gators (17-13, 7-9 SEC) closed out the regular season with a three-game winning streak and secured the No. 8 seed in the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Lady Bulldogs (20-9, 10-6) will be the No. 4 seed.
Bonds was 5 of 10 from behind the arc, and Jones was 3 of 6.
Georgia, meanwhile, missed 11 of 14 shots from 3-point range.
The Lady Bulldogs led 71-70 with 1:11 remaining, but made several errors in the final minute. The Gators made just enough plays, and free throws, to pull out the victory.
Jasmine James led Georgia with 23 points. Porsha Phillips added 15 points and 17 rebounds, her 12th double-double of the season.