No. 6 Xavier whips St. Joseph's
Top 25: No. 8 Duke pulls away from Georgia Tech for victory
No. 3 Baylor 81, Colorado 59 -- Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. -- Brittney Griner had 26 points and 13 rebounds and ceaseless shot-altering defense helped third-ranked Baylor overcome a first-half letdown to rout Colorado 81-59 on Saturday.
Odyssey Sims added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (28-2), who finished 15-1 in Big 12 play, one win better than their 2005 national championship team.
Brittany Spears scored 23 points for Colorado (15-14, 6-10), which trimmed an early 20-point deficit to 34-28 at the half but couldn't make another run after halftime without sophomore guard Chucky Jeffery. The Buffaloes' second-leading scorer and top rebounder was attending her great grandmother's funeral in New York.
The Buffaloes could have used her averages of 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds to go with her Big 12-best 2.7 steals per game to counter Griner.
No. 4 Tennessee 82, Georgia 58 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat Georgia 82-58 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.
The Lady Volunteers (30-2) will play in their 20th conference championship against No. 16 Kentucky or Vanderbilt.
Tennessee scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed. A 3-pointer by Taber Spani gave the Lady Vols a 16-2 lead with 13:51 left in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs missed their first 14 shots from the field. Khaalidah Miller broke the drought when she hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the shot clock expired to cut the margin to 16-5 with 9:55 to go before halftime.
Georgia scored the next seven points to pull to 16-9 but wouldn't get any closer with Tennessee shooting 48.4 percent for the game.
No. 5 Texas A&M 84, Nebraska 49 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danielle Adams leads No. 5 Texas A&M in scoring, but it's Sydney Colson that keeps the Aggies' offense rolling.
Adams had 23 points and eight rebounds and Colson had a career-high 15 assists as Texas A&M coasted to an 84-49 win against Nebraska on Saturday night.
The victory gets the Aggies back on track entering next week's Big 12 tournament after losing at Kansas State on Wednesday.
No. 6 Xavier 71, St. Joseph's 55 -- Box Score
LOWELL, Mass. -- It was a tale of two halves at the No. 1 seed and No. 6/6 ranked Musketeers defeated the No. 8 seeded Hawks of Saint Joseph's 71-55 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament Saturday afternoon at the Tsongas Center.
With the win, the Musketeers improved to 26-2 on the season while the Hawks fell to 19-11. Xavier will face the winner of Charlotte and Richmond Sunday at 12 p.m.
After a slow first half the Musketeers regrouped and outscored SJU 46-28 in the second frame. XU also saw four players reach double-figures. Senior forward Amber Harris led XU with 19 points on 6-of-12 from the field.
No. 8 Duke 74, Georgia Tech 66 -- Box Score
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Karima Christmas and Jasmine Thomas are used to winning in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Perhaps that's why Duke's seniors seemed so calm late in a tight semifinal game against Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Christmas matched her season-high 20 points to help the eighth-ranked Blue Devils hold off the Yellow Jackets 74-66, sending Duke back to the final for the 10th time in 12 seasons.
Thomas added 12 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils (28-3) as they extended their 17-year dominance against the Yellow Jackets (23-10). They've reached the championship game for the fourth time in as many years under coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Duke beat North Carolina State last season for a sixth championship. The Blue Devils will go for No. 7 against either No. 10 Miami or No. 19 North Carolina.
No. 9 UCLA 66, Washington State 48 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Jasmine Dixon scored 17 points for UCLA in the final game at Pauley Pavilion before it closes for a renovation project.
Darxia Morris added 15 points for the Bruins (26-3, 16-2 Pac-10), who set school records for total victories and conference wins.
UCLA scored the first 13 points of the game and led 25-4 after 13 minutes.
Carly Noyes had 10 points for Washington State, which fell to 0-22 at Pauley Pavilion.
No. 19 North Carolina 83, No. 10 Miami 57 -- Box Score
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jessica Breland had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 19 North Carolina routed No. 10 Miami 83-57 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Cetera DeGraffenreid and Krista Gross added 14 points apiece for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (25-7), who shot nearly 47 percent to win the day's only matchup of ranked women's teams. They reached the championship game for the 16th time and first since they won their most recent title in 2008.
North Carolina will face No. 8 Duke, the top seed, in the championship for the seventh time since 2000.
Riquna Williams had 21 points and ACC player of the year Shenise Johnson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Hurricanes (27-4). Miami had won seven in a row.
Ohio State 72, No. 11 Michigan State 57 -- Box Score
INDIANAPOLIS -- If Saturday's second semifinal of the Big Ten is any indication of what the upcoming NCAA tournament will be like, fans better strap in.
Ohio State outbullied top-seeded and No. 11 Michigan State in a contest that had more than a win-or-go-home feel. It felt more like a title game.
Jantel Lavender tied a career high with 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds to send the Buckeyes into Sunday's Big Ten Conference championship game after a 72-57 victory against the Spartans, who won the Big Ten regular season title.
No. 15 Green Bay 68, Detroit 48 -- Box Score
DETROIT -- Kayla Tetschlag had 20 points and 10 rebounds Saturday to help No. 15 Green Bay complete a perfect run through the Horizon League with a 68-48 victory at Detroit.
The Phoenix (29-1, 18-0) trailed 40-37 five minutes into the second half but went on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Green Bay held the Titans to just four second-half field goals in winning its 20th consecutive game.
Adrian Ritchie added 15 points, Celeste Hoewisch had 10 and Julie Wojta matched her career-high with eight assists for the Phoenix, who are unbeaten after league play for the second time in the last three seasons.
Britney Murphy scored a career-best 16 points to lead Detroit (12-17, 6-12).
No. 16 Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 56 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky's plan against fourth-ranked Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship is simple. That doesn't mean pulling out a win is going to be easy.
The No. 16 Wildcats secured a rematch of last year's SEC championship game after withstanding a late rally and beating Vanderbilt 69-56 in the semifinals on Saturday night.
They will make their third appearance in the SEC championship, a game they've only won once - in 1982 against Tennessee.
No. 17 Georgetown 61, Syracuse 60 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sugar Rodgers scored 18 points to help No. 17 Georgetown edge Syracuse 61-60 Saturday in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The Hoyas (22-9) will face top-ranked Connecticut on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
Georgetown was befuddled for most of the game by a junk defense used by Syracuse. The Orange were daring anyone but Rodgers or Monica McNutt to beat them.
The ploy worked as Syracuse led for most of the game until Georgetown finally started hitting shots.
Texas Tech 61, No. 18 Oklahoma 56 -- Box Score
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Monique Smalls scored 13 points to lead Texas Tech to victory against No. 18 Oklahoma 61-56 Saturday.
Texas Tech used a 10-2 run to start the second half, including 3-pointers from Kierra Mallard and Christine Hyde, to go up 41-37 with 14:24 remaining in the game. The Lady Raiders led the rest of the way, though Oklahoma pulled within 56-55 on a layup by Nicole Griffin with 1:37 remaining.
Texas Tech (21-9, 8-8 Big 12) made 5 of 6 free throws to hang on for the win.
The Lady Raiders won despite being outrebounded (42-32) and outshot - but just barely. The Sooners, who shot 58.3 percent in the first half, made just six field goals in 29 attempts in the second half, or 20.7 percent.
Freshmen Aaryn Ellenberg scored 16 points - 14 in the first half - and Nicole Griffin added 14 for the Sooners (20-10, 10-6).
Whitney Hand had 12 rebounds for Oklahoma.
No. 20 Marquette 65, Pittsburgh 61 -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Paige Fiedorowicz scored 14 points and Tatiyiana McMorris added 13 to help No. 20 Marquette beat Pittsburgh 65-61 Saturday in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The Golden Eagles (23-7) will face fourth-seeded Rutgers in the quarterfinals Sunday.
Trailing 44-37 midway through the second half, Marquette rallied despite leading scorer Angel Robinson sitting on the bench with four fouls.
Jasmine Collins hit back-to-back layups to make it a three-point game.
Marquette was down 53-49 after Taneisha Harrison's 3-pointer with 8:02 left. The Golden Eagles scored the next nine points to take a 58-53 advantage on McMorris' pullup in the lane with 4:16 left.
Pitt was able to get within two twice, but Collins' layup with 15.7 seconds left sealed the win.
No. 21 Marist 60, Siena 45 -- Box Score
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Senior guard Erica Allenspach scored a game-high 34 points as No. 18 Marist defeated Siena 60-45 in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament Saturday at the Webster Bank Arena.
The Red Foxes (28-2) have won 25 games in a row, the nation's current longest women's winning streak.
Marist will face Loyola, a 50-47 winner against Manhattan, for the MAAC championship and automatic NCAA berth on Monday.
Marist struggled through a tough first half, hitting just 34.5 percent of its shots. That allowed Siena to stay close, trailing 25-22 at halftime.
Allenspach, who had 15 points in the first half, sparked a 14-4 run throughout the first nine minutes of the second half and pushed the Red Foxes to a double-digit lead.
Serena Moore led Siena with 17 points. The Saints finished their season at 14-16.
Missouri 49, No. 23 Iowa State 48 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- RaeShara Brown scored 14 points to reach 1,000 for her career and help Missouri hold on.
Christine Flores added 11 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (13-17, 5-11 Big 12 Conference), who snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Cyclones.
Anna Prins had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State (21-9, 9-7), while leading scorer Kelsey Bolte finished with five points on 2-of-11 shooting.
No. 25 Houston 90, Tulane 84 -- Box Score
HOUSTON -- Courtney Taylor had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 25 Houston to a 90-84 victory in overtime against Tulane in the teams' Conference USA regular-season finale Saturday.
It was a team-record 16th consecutive win for Houston (25-4, 16-0), which took a 73-71 lead on Brittney Scott's layup with 41 seconds remaining.
Tulane (20-9, 9-7) answered on Danielle Nunn's lay-in with 30 seconds left and had a chance to win it in regulation, but Scott missed a jumper and Nunn's half-court heave at the buzzer was off.
In overtime, Houston took the lead for good on Jasmine Johnson's free throw with 3:48 that made it 76-75. Scott drained a 3-pointer with 3:05 left to up the lead to four, and the Cougars connected on 9 of 12 free throws in the final 3 minutes.
Scott finished with 28 points, and Lesslee Mason added 12 points and eight rebounds.