Tenn. drops Kentucky for SEC title
Top 25: Rutgers rattles No. 20 Marquette
No. 4 Tennessee 90, No. 16 Kentucky 65 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Angie Bjorklund scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, and No. 4 Tennessee hit a school- and tournament-record 16 3-pointers to beat No. 16 Kentucky 90-65 Sunday in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
The Lady Vols (31-2), who were unbeaten in the SEC, won their 15th tournament title overall. This one was a bit special because it marked only the third time Tennessee went undefeated in winning the regular-season title before winning the conference tournament. Tennessee also did that in 1994 and 1998.
Kentucky (24-8) goes home still looking for its first SEC tournament title since 1982.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points for Tennessee, Meighan Simmons added 16, and Alicia Manning had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Victoria Dunlap and Bernisha Pinkett each had 15 points for Kentucky.
No. 1 Connecticut 59, No. 17 Georgetown 43 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Huskies into the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
Tiffany Hayes added 10 points for the Huskies, who will face Rutgers on Monday night in the semis. UConn (30-1) has won 18 consecutive games since its lone loss of the season to Stanford on Dec. 30 that snapped the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak.
Sugar Rodgers scored 17 to lead Georgetown (22-10).
No. 6 Xavier 69, Charlotte 53 -- Box Score
LOWELL, Mass. -- Amber Harris had 23 points and 16 rebounds as Xavier advanced to the Atlantic 10 championship game with its 17th consecutive win.
Ta’Shia Phillips added 22 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier (27-2), which will play for its fourth A10 title in five years Monday night against the winner of the Dayton-Temple semifinal.
Epiphany Wilson scored 20 points and Amanda Dowe had 12 rebounds for Charlotte (23-9), which went nearly 6 minutes without a field goal beginning late in the first half.
No. 7 Notre Dame 63, Louisville 53 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Devereaux Peters had 19 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks to help No. 7 Notre Dame beat Louisville 63-53 on Sunday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
The Irish (25-6) will play DePaul on Monday night in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of last Monday night's game in which the Blue Demons scored with about 6 seconds left to edge the Irish by one point. That win earned DePaul the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
With top-seeded UConn and fourth seed Rutgers advancing it will be only the third time in the past decade that the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals.
Leading 26-24 with 2 minutes left in the first half, Peters keyed a 22-5 spurt throughout the next 8 minutes to help the Irish take control.
Louisville could only get within six the rest of the game.
Shoni Schimmel scored 12 to lead the Cardinals (20-12).
No. 8 Duke 81, No. 19 North Carolina 66 -- Box Score
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jasmine Thomas scored 21 points and No. 8 Duke won its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship by beating No. 19 North Carolina 81-66 on Sunday.
Freshman Haley Peters added 14 points and Karima Christmas had 13 for the top-seeded Blue Devils (29-3). They shot 46 percent against a stingy North Carolina defense and held the Tar Heels (25-8) scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes down the stretch.
Jessica Breland scored 27 points for North Carolina, and her free throw put the Tar Heels up 54-53 with 9:28 left. The Blue Devils then reeled off 15 consecutive points as part of a 20-2 run to take command and beat their top Tobacco Road rivals for the second time in eight days.
Allison Vernerey finished with 10 points for Duke, the first team to repeat as ACC tournament champion since North Carolina won the event four consecutive years beginning in 2005.
No. 12 DePaul 66, St. John's 54 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Anna Martin scored 17 points to lead No. 12 DePaul to a 66-54 win against St. John's on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Keisha Hampton and Katherine Harry each added 10 points for the Blue Demons (27-5), and Sam Quigley had nine points and seven assists.
Nadirah McKenith had 12 points and seven steals, Amanda Burakoski had 11 points and Da'Shena Stevens added 10 for St. John's (21-10).
The second-seeded Blue Demons led by nine at the half, and St. John's could not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The seeding is the Blue Demons' highest since they joined the league in 2005-06.
DePaul is now 6-5 in Big East tournament play, with all six wins coming in the team's opening game.
Rutgers 68, No. 20 Marquette 62 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- April Sykes scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half to lift Rutgers into the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
Monique Oliver added 18 points and seven rebounds and Chelsey Lee had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (19-11), who have won five in a row.
Angel Robinson had 18 points and Jasmine Collins tied a career high with 17 points for the Golden Eagles (23-8).
No. 22 Gonzaga 96, Portland 71 -- Box Score
LAS VEGAS -- Kayla Standish scored 23 points and Janelle Bekkering added 17 as the Bulldogs cruised into the West Coast Conference final for the fifth consecutive season.
WCC player of the year Courtney Vandersloot added 16 points and 14 assists for Gonzaga (27-4), which has won 17 in a row.
ReZina TecleMariam led Portland (16-15) with 14 points and Natalie Day added 13.