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Rick Nixon | | March 11, 2014

Conference championships starting five: The best performances of the week

Abigail Corning, Fordham, 5-10, Senior Guard

Abigail Corning led a balanced Fordham attack to the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament title. It was the ultimate rags to riches story for the Rams, who six years ago went winless in an entire season to earning an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 1994. Named the most outstanding player of the tournament, Corning averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the three wins. She had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 63-51 title clinching win against Dayton.

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee, 6-3, Junior Center

Named Southeastern Conference tournament most outstanding player, Isabelle Harrison was the go-to player for Tennessee, as the Lady Vols won their league-leading 17th SEC tournament title on Sunday, defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 71-70. Harrison capped a great weekend with 17 points against Kentucky. Earlier in the tournament she had 21 points and 12 rebounds in a win against LSU and 20 points, 13 rebounds in the semifinal victory against Texas A&M. For the SEC tournament she averaged 19.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Rachel Theriot, Nebraska, 6-0, Sophomore Guard

Rachel Theriot came up big in the biggest game of the season for the Big Red, scoring a game-high 24 points shooting 9 of 17 from the field as Nebraska defeated Iowa 72-65 in the Big Ten tournament title game on Sunday. Theriot scored 19 points after halftime, while adding four assists for the game. She averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 assists in three tournament games for the Cornhuskers to earn tournament most outstanding player honors.

Ariya Crook, Southern California, 5-7, Junior Guard

The No. 5-seed entering the Pac-12 tournament, Southern California shocked everyone in winning the program's first Pac-12 tournament championship and earning an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 2006. Behind the tournament's most outstanding player Ariya Crook and Cassie Harberts, USC was the first team in the conference tournament's history to play four games in the four-day event, let alone the first team to win all four of those games. Included in the four victories were a semifinal win against the No. 1 seed, Stanford, which had played in every Pac-12 title game from 2002 to 2013. Crook averaged 15.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in the tournament

Taylor Hall, Chattanooga, 6-1, Senior Forward

Chattanooga extended its season winning streak to 25 games and earned its 12th NCAA tournament invitation after winning the Southern Conference tournament title. The Lady Mocs were led by the strong play of tournament most outstanding player – Taylor Hall, who averaged 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds during the three tournament games. The tournament title for Chattanooga was record-setting, in that head coach Jim Foster is now the first NCAA Division I head coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA tournament. He previously directed St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State into the NCAA tournament. The win extends Chattanooga’s all-time Southern Conference tournament record to 47-16, with a sterling 15-0 mark in finals appearances.

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