Dre’una Eds made a 3-pointer at the top of the key in 4.2 seconds. The Kentucky Wildcats won their first Southeastern Conference women’s tournament championship since 1982, defeating South Carolina 64-62.
Kentucky hadn’t reached this stage since 2014. The seventh-seeded Wildcats (19-11), who defeated sixth-ranked LSU (No.6), won their 10th consecutive game. 18 Tennessee to reach this championship.
The Wildcats ended South Carolina’s 18-game winning streak with this season’s win. They also defeated the Gamecocks’ quest for a third consecutive SEC tournament title as regular season champions. Kentucky won their fourth game in a row.
South Carolina led 45-30 at 4:45 in the third quarter. It seemed like minutes before the nets would be blown again. The Gamecocks couldn’t score after Aliyah Boston’s jumper at 5:04 that gave them a lead of 62 to 53.
LAS VEGAS (AP), — Haley Jones scored 19 and Cameron Brink added 16. Stanford won its second consecutive Pac-12 tournament with a rout against Utah.
The Cardinal (28-3 and 17-0) dominated the Utes’ defense in the second half, allowing them to win by two points. Reigning national champions held Utah (20-11), 8-8) to 7 of 33 shooting in the second period and had a 40-12 lead in the paint to win their 15th Pac-12 Tournament in 21 attempts.
The Cardinal extended their winning streak to 20 consecutive games heading into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll be undoubtedly a No. 1 seed. Stanford is 30-0 all-time against Utes
Utah’s forward Peyton McFarland was injured in a match against Washington State. She also struggled to keep up with Stanford’s length indoors, especially in the second half.
Brynna Maxill had 16 points for the Utes. They went 2-13 from 3 in halftime as Stanford won.
GREENSBORO (N.C.) — The third-ranked North Carolina State won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship Sunday. This ended Miami’s streak of upsets.
Elissa Cunane scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, despite leaving the game in the second period with an apparent left ankle injury that could have been caused by the Wolfpack’s top-seeded Wolfpack (29-3).
N.C. State shot only 35%, but took control with a 17-4 win. Miami’s offense was unable to keep up with the pace. This burst saw Miami’s offense score just 54 points on consecutive 3-pointers from Diamond Johnson. It ended the third quarter and began the fourth.
N.C. State maintained that margin at two figures throughout the match, never allowing Miami (20-12), to repeat its unlikely quarterfinal victory against No. 4 Louisville.
WACO (AP) — NaLyssaSmith scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her Baylor senior game. The Bears won the Big 12 Women’s Championship with an 82 to57 victory over Texas Tech.
After their 87-62 win over ninth-ranked Iowa State, the Bears (25-5 and 15-3 Big 12) were guaranteed at most a part of their 12th consecutive Big 12 title. After the Cyclones’ win Saturday night at West Virginia, Baylor had to beat Texas Tech to claim the championship.
Bryn Gerlich scored 12 points for Texas Tech, while Taylah Thomas had 12, which was a combined total of 11-18, 4-14. Smith wasn’t able as a team to outscore Texas Tech until the second period.
UNCASVILLE (Conn.) — EvinaWestbrook scored 14 points for UConn, which cruised into the Big East title match with a win against No. Marquette is the 5th seed.
Paige Bueckers was the national player of year and provided support for the Huskies. She played 18 minutes, and had two points, two assists, and two rebounds. This was the sophomore’s fifth game since her return from a left-knee injury which kept her out for more than two months.
Christyn Williams, Dorka Juhasz and Christyn Williams each scored 13 points for the Huskies (24-5), which are seeking to win their ninth consecutive conference tournament championship.
Karissa McLaughlin scored 15 points, and Jordan King added 12 to Marquette’s (21-10).
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INDIANAPOLIS, (AP) — Iowa beat Indiana to win its second Big Ten Tournament title. Monika Czinano scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Caitlin Clark scored 18.
To earn an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament, the league’s regular season co-champs won seven consecutive games. This is the first time that Iowa (23-7) has won both regular season and tournament titles in the same season.
Grace Berger was able to finish with 20 points, while Nicole Cardano–Hillary scored 19 for Indiana (21-8), who was playing for the fourth consecutive day.
In the end, Indiana was defeated by weariness in the conference championship game. This was the closest since 2015.
FORT MYERS (Fla.) — Kendall Spray scored a season high 24 points and Kierstan Bell added 22. Florida Gulf Coast beat North Florida in a quarterfinale of the women’s Atlantic Sun Championship.
Spray hit a season record seven 3-pointers in just nine attempts. Overall, she was 8/10. Bell was able to score seven rebounds, five blocks, and three steals. Tishara Morehouse scored 14 points and had seven assists for the Eagles (22-2).
Jaida Bond and Emma Broermann scored 16 points for North Florida (13-17). Jazz Bond added 10.