Catamounts Crash Out of Conference Tourney
Albany, n.y. — Peter Hooley scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 4 seed Albany stunned top-seeded Vermont 67-58 in the semifinals of the America East tournament Sunday.
Hooley, who averaged 15 points entering the tournament, scored 22 in the first half — a day after dropping 30 in the quarterfinals.
Gary Johnson added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the host Great Danes (17-14), who never trailed. Defending champion Albany took out the top seed for the second year in a row.
Clancy Rugg and Luke Apfeld scored 13 points apiece for the Catamounts (22-10), who lost once in the conference and swept two regular-season games with Albany by a combined 40 points.
Top 25 Men
No. 2 Wichita St. 83 Indiana St. 69
St. Louis — Fred VanVleet scored 13 of his 22 points in the final six minutes and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation’s lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Tekele Cotton added 20 points — with four 3-pointers — and Ron Baker had 14 points for the Shockers (34-0), who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.
Maryland 75 No. 5 Virginia 69 (ot)
College Park, Md. — Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion by ending Virginia’s 13-game winning streak.
No. 7 Syracuse 74 Florida St. 58
Tallahassee, Fla. — C.J. Fair scored 22 points and Syracuse closed the regular season with a victory in the program’s first trip to Florida State.
Nebraska 77 No. 9 Wisconsin 68
Lincoln, Neb. — Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and Nebraska beat Wisconsin to bolster its resume for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
No. 17 Saint Louis 64 Massachusetts 62
Amherst, Mass. — Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with 3 seconds to play and Saint Louis snapped a three-game losing streak to win the Atlantic 10 regular season title outright for the second straight season.
Ohio St. 69 No. 22 Michigan St. 67
Columbus, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, including a late free throw, to lead Ohio State.
Top 25 Women
No. 2 Notre Dame 69 No. 10 Duke 53
Greensboro, n.c. — Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke in the league tournament final.
No. 1 Connecticut 83 Rutgers 57
Uncasville, Conn. — Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and UConn breezed into the final of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
with a victory over Rutgers.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, to help the Huskies (33-0) extend the school’s third-longest winning streak to 39 games.
Connecticut, which won 18 conference tournament championships in the Big East, will play for the inaugural American title Monday against No. 3 Louisville.
Briyona Canty had 16 points to lead Rutgers, which fell to 22-9 and must wait to see whether it has done enough to earn an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.
No. 3 Louisville 60, South Florida 56
Uncasville, Conn. — Shoni Schimmel hit a pullup in the lane with 6 seconds left to lift Louisville past South Florida in the American Athletic Conference semifinals.
With the game tied at 56, Courtney Williams missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left for South Florida. Schimmel then drove up the court and pulled up in the lane for the go-ahead jumper.
Her sister, Jude, then stole the ball at midcourt from Williams and hit two free throws to seal the win.
Shoni Schimmel led Louisville (30-3) with 17 points. Williams and Inga Orekhova each scored 19 points for South Florida (19-12).
No. 6 Tennessee 71, No. 12 Kentucky 70
Duluth, Ga. — Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:45 remaining, and Tennessee beat Kentucky to win its record 17th Southeastern Conference tournament title.
Simmons, who struggled with her shooting from the field throughout the tournament, made the two free throws to snap a 63-63 tie. The free throws gave the Lady Vols (27-5) only their second lead of the second half, and they didn’t trail again as Simmons added a layup and two more free throws in the final 22 seconds.
Isabelle Harrison had 16 points for Tennessee.
Kentucky (24-8) played in its fourth final in the last five years but still hasn’t won the tournament since 1982. DeNesha Stallworth led the Wildcats with 21 points.
No. 7 West Virginia 67, Texas 60
Oklahoma City — Bria Holmes scored 23 points to help West Virginia beat Texas in the Big 12 tournament semifinals for its 12th straight victory.
Christal Caldwell added 15 points for the Mountaineers (29-3).
West Virginia advanced to play No. 9 Baylor in the championship game Monday night.
Chassidy Fussell scored 15 points, and Nekia Jones added 14 for the Longhorns (21-11).
No. 9 Baylor 65, No. 18 Oklahoma St. 61
Oklahoma City — Nina Davis scored 18 points and Odyssey Sims added 17 for Baylor in its victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 semifinals.
Davis made 8 of 13 shots and had 12 rebounds. Sims, the Big 12 Player of the Year, shot 6 of 22 but made a critical shot with about 1:30 to play that put the Lady Bears (28-4) ahead by six.
Brittney Martin had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma State (23-8).
No. 16 Nebraska 72, No. 23 Iowa 65
Indianapolis — Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half, leading Nebraska past Iowa for the Big Ten tournament title.
It’s the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tourney crown, earning the league’s automatic NCAA bid. Nebraska also posted its second straight 25-win season and tied for the second-most victories in school history.
Ally Disterhoft had 20 points for Iowa (26-8).
No. 25 Depaul 78, Georgetown 54
Chicago — Megan Rogowski and Megan Podkowa each scored 17 points in top-seeded DePaul’s victory over Georgetown in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
Rogowski made three 3-pointers for DePaul (25-6). Jessica January added 11 points.
Logan Battle had 20 points for Georgetown (11-21).