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College Basketball: No. 1 UConn Women Roll

  • Connecticut's Gabby Williams (15), cuts through the defense of South Florida's Laia Flores (22), Kitija Laksa (33) and Tamara Henshaw (23) for a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson shoots between South Florida's Tamara Henshaw, left, and Laura Ferreira, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Gabby Williams, left, goes up to the basket as South Florida's Alyssa Rader, right, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship at Mohegan Sun Arena, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Kia Nurse reacts after hitting a 3-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship at Mohegan Sun Arena, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield steals the ball from South Florida's Maria Jespersen, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)



Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Uncasville, Conn. — Gabby Williams scored 19 points to lead No. 1 UConn to a 70-54 victory over 19th-ranked South Florida on Tuesday in the American Athletic Conference championship.

Williams returned to the Huskies’ lineup after sitting out the semifinals to rest a hip injury she tweaked on Sunday. The senior forward has been dealing with the hip injury all season. She had UConn’s first basket after stealing the ball near midcourt. Williams also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals before exiting the game for good with just under 6 minutes left. Just before she left, Williams landed hard after scoring a basket.

This was the fourth straight year that these teams met for the AAC title. Tournament MVP Azura Stevens added 13 points for the Huskies (32-0).

No. 22 Green Bay 62, Wright State 44

Detroit— Allie Leclaire scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Jessica Lindstrom had her 41st career double-double and Green Bay beat Wright State for its fourth straight Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

DePaul 98, Marquette 63

Chicago — Amarah Coleman scored a career-high 27 points and No. 2 seed DePaul routed top-seeded Marquette for the Big East Conference Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

Gonzaga 79, San Diego 71

Las Vegas — Jill Barta scored 32 points and hit six free throws in the final 43 seconds, helping Gonzaga beat San Diego to repeat as West Coast Conference tournament champions.

South Dakota State 65, South Dakota 50

Sioux Falls, s.d. — Summit League player of the year Macy Miller had 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals and South Dakota State snapped rival South Dakota’s 20-game winning streak with a victory for its eighth automatic NCAA Tournament bid in 10 seasons.

Men

Vermont 70, Stony Brook 51

Burlington — Drew Urquhart scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds and top-seeded Vermont beat fifth-seeded Stony Brook in the America East semifinal to advance to its third straight conference final.

Payton Henson scored 13 points with three 3s and Cam Ward added 12 for the Catamounts (27-6), who advanced to Saturday’s championship game against No. 2 seed UMBC.

College of Charleston 83Northeastern 76 (ot)

North Charleston, s.c. — Joe Chealey had 32 points and the College of Charleston rallied from 17 points down in the second half to win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in 19 years.

LIU Brooklyn 71, Wagner 61

New York — Joel Hernandez had 32 points and seven rebounds, and LIU Brooklyn shocked New York City rival Wagner to win the Northeast Conference Tournament title and earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in five years.

Wright State 74, Cleveland State 57

Detroit — Grant Benzinger had 19 points and nine rebounds to help second-seeded Wright State beat eighth-seeded Cleveland State to win the Horizon League Tournament title and earn an NCAA Tournament bid.

The Raiders (25-9) will play in college basketball’s showcase for the third time in school history and the first since 2007.