Baylor wins rubber match with West Virginia to take Big 12 tournament title
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Odyssey Sims overcame an ankle injury and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night in the Big 12 women's championship game.
Niya Johnson also had 19 points and made four free throws in the final minute, and Nina Davis added 16 points for the Lady Bears (29-4), who have won 15 of their past 16 games. Davis, a freshman, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Bria Holmes scored 24 points and Linda Stepney added 10 for West Virginia (29-4), which had won 12 in a row.
The teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and split their games during the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. West Virginia slowed Sims, who had scored 48 and 39 points in the regular season games, but the Bears supported her Monday by shooting 48 percent overall.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
With the victory, UConn (34-0) became the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss. It's the sixth time that the Huskies have accomplished that feat. They've gone on to win the national championship four of those years.
UConn got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game. Louisville trailed 28-20 with 6 minutes left in the first half before Stewart took over.
Her three-point play started a 12-2 run to close the half. Stewart, the tournament's MVP, had seven points during the burst as UConn led 40-22 at the break.
LAS VEGAS -- Haiden Palmer scored 16 points as No. 18 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's (Calif.) 68-60 Monday to advance to the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Gonzaga will look to win its fifth WCC tournament championship in six years on Tuesday.
Shelby Cheslek had 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Gonzaga (28-4). Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench and scored 14 points in the first half. The Bulldogs forced 12 first-half turnovers and led 37-26.
Senior Jackie Nared had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Mary's (22-9). The Gaels overcame a 17-point deficit against San Diego on Friday and trailed by as many as 13 against the Bulldogs.
Saint Mary's went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to pull within 39-35, but the Gaels would get no closer. Down the stretch, Gonzaga held Saint Mary's to only one field goal in a 9-minute span.
CHICAGO -- Jasmine Penny made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 26 points as No. 23 DePaul beat 5th-seeded Marquette 100-90 on Monday to advance to the title game of the Big East Conference tournament.
Top-seeded DePaul will face No. 2 seed St. John's in the championship game on Tuesday.
DePaul jumped out to a 55-38 lead at halftime, with 16 points by Chanise Jenkins.
Katie Young's 3-pointer with 2:15 left cut Marquette's deficit to 89-80, the first time DePaul's second-half lead had dipped below double-digits. DePaul made 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute.
Jenkins had 23 and Megan Rogowski 21 for DePaul (26-6).
Marquette (21-10) was led by Young with 25 points. Brooklyn Pumroy had 21 points and Katherine Plouffe had 19 and 17 rebounds.
Both teams shot 50 percent but Marquette had 17 turnovers and was 19 of 24 from the line to 26 of 40 for DePaul.