Irish Wrap Up Share of Big East Title
Providence, r.i. — Skylar Diggins scored 28 points and No. 2 Notre Dame clinched a share of its second straight Big East regular-season title with a 92-57 rout of Providence yesterday.
Kayla McBride added 24 points and Natalie Achonwa chipped in 14 for the Irish (27-1, 15-0 Big East) who extended their winning streak to 22 games.
Symone Roberts had 22 points for Providence (7-21, 2-13), which has lost six straight and 13 of its last 15 games.
The Irish led by 20 points at halftime and opened the second half on a 10-2 run.
Notre Dame will look to win the regular-season outright tomorrow at home in a showdown with No. 3 Connecticut.
The Huskies can gain a share of the title and the top seed in the conference tournament with a win.
No. 3 UConn 85, S. Florida 51
Tampa, Fla. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a career-high 32 points and Stefanie Dolson added 25 as Connecticut tuned up for a Big East rematch with Notre Dame by racing past South Florida.
Mosqueda-Lewis paced the Huskies (27-2, 14-1) by making 11 of 23 shots, including six 3-pointers. Dolson matched her career-best for points by going 8 for 11 from the field, sinking all nine of her free throws and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Next up for UConn is tomorrow night’s nationally televised showdown for a possible share of the conference regular-season title at Notre Dame, which defeated the Huskies 73-72 on the road two months ago.
No. 4 Stanford 72
Washington St. 50
Pullman, Wash. — Chiney Ogwumike had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help Stanford clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 conference title with a win over Washington State.
No. 6 California 78, Washington 50
Seattle — Talia Caldwell made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 22 points, and No. 6 California claimed a share of the Pac-12 Conference regular season title for the first time in school history with a win over Washington.
No. 22 Syracuse 75 (3 ot)
Syracuse, n.y. — Laura Sweeny scored a season-high 29 points and Rachel Roberts added 20 to help Villanova upset No. 22 Syracuse in triple overtime.
Devon Kane, who hit a game-tying layup at the end of regulation, added 10 points for Villanova (19-6, 8-7), in just the second three-overtime game in Big East regular-season history.
Villanova jumped ahead 58-53 in the first overtime, but went scoreless over the final 3 minutes as Syracuse (22-6, 10-5) rallied to force another extra frame.
TCU 61, No. 23 Iowa State 58
Fort Worth, Texas — Zahna Medley scored 18 points, and TCU upset Iowa State.
Delisa Gross, a senior playing in her final home game, added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench for the Horned Frogs (9-19, 2-15 Big 12), who led by as many as 16 points before Iowa State rallied.