Women’s Top 25 Capsules
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and blocked seven shots as top-ranked UConn beat No. 21 South Florida 77-51 Monday night to win its third straight American Athletic Conference championship.
Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson added 13 points and a season-high seven rebounds for the Huskies (32-0), who extended the third longest streak in team and NCAA women’s Division I history to 69 games.
Courtney Williams had 14 of her 16 points in the second half for USF (23-9), which fell for the second consecutive year in the championship game.
The Huskies are 54-0 in the regular season and 9-0 in tournament games against AAC teams since the league was formed, winning all by double digits.
NO. 4 BAYLOR 79, NO. 7 TEXAS 63
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nina Davis scored 22 points to help Baylor beat Texas in the Big 12 women’s tournament championship game.
Alexis Jones scored 16 points for the Lady Bears. She was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 assists in three games.
Baylor (33-1) shot 50.9 percent from the field to win its 20th straight game.
Baylor swept the conference’s regular-season and tournament titles for the sixth consecutive year and won all three games against the Longhorns this season.
Lashann Higgs scored 15 points and Imani Boyette added nine points and 11 rebounds for Texas (28-4), which was seeking its first tournament title since 2003.
ST. JOHN’S 75, NO. 18 DEPAUL 66
CHICAGO (AP) — Aliyyah Handford scored 18 of her 23 points in the second half, Danaejah Grant had 22 points with 10 rebounds and No. 4 seed St. John’s beat DePaul in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament.
St. John’s (22-9) will play in the title game for the second time in the last three seasons. They face No. 7 seed Creighton, which upset third-seeded Seton Hall in the other semifinal, for the championship on Tuesday.
Ashton Millender made four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points, tying a career high, to pace top-seeded DePaul (25-8), which had its nine-game win streak snapped.