Top-ranked Huskies im­prove to 30-0


Con­necti­cut’s play­ers un­der­stand the his­tory they are mak­ing with ev­ery vic­tory.

The top-ranked Huskies routed Tulsa, 105-57, on Satur­day in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tournament in Un­casville, Conn., to ex­tend their NCAA-record win­ning streak to 105 games and give the pro­gram its 12th con­sec­u­tive 30win sea­son.

“It’s pretty cool to carry on this tra­di­tion and make it part of the cul­ture,” said Gabby Wil­liams, one of six Huskies to reach dou­ble fig­ures. “It’s not that easy at all to do that, so the fact that this pro­gram has done it that many times and that we’re able to con­tinue it on, it’s pretty spe­cial.”

Napheesa Col­lier scored 24 points to lead U-Conn. Katie Lou Sa­muel­son, who shared the con­fer­ence player of the year award with Col­lier a day ear­lier, added 19 points.

It was the 19th game this sea­son in which the Huskies (30-0) never trailed.

BAYLOR 95, TEXAS TECH 63: Alexis Prince scored 22 points to help the sec­on­dranked Bears dom­i­nate the Raiders in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Big 12 tournament in Ok­la­homa City.

Baylor (29-2) moved two wins from its seventh straight con­fer­ence tournament ti­tle and a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by dom­i­nat­ing the glass, turn­ing 21 of­fen­sive re­bounds into 25 sec­ond-chance points. The Bears face No. 24 Kansas State on Sun­day.

The Bears shot 53.9 per­cent (41 for 76).

NOTRE DAME 84, LOUISVILLE 73: With most of her team­mates in foul trou­ble, Ma­rina Mabrey took over to get the third-ranked Fight­ing Ir­ish back to the ACC tournament fi­nal by down­ing the 14th-ranked Car­di­nals in Con­way, S.C.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish (29-3) ad­vanced to the ti­tle game for the fourth straight year.

Notre Dame will play the 13thranked Blue Devils in the championship game Sun­day.

SOUTH CAROLINA 89, KEN­TUCKY 77: A’ja Wil­son stepped up big time once more in the ab­sence of all-South­east­ern Con­fer­ence for­ward Alaina Coates, scor­ing 26 points to lead the fifth-ranked Game­cocks past the 20th-ranked Wild­cats in an SEC tournament semi­fi­nal in Greenville, S.C.

South Carolina will be with­out Coates one more time as it seeks a third straight SEC tournament ti­tle Sun­day.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 66, TEXAS A&M 50: Dominique Dilling­ham had 14 points as the sixth-ranked Bull­dogs ad­vanced to their sec­ond straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence tournament championship with a semi­fi­nal vic­tory.

The Bull­dogs (29-3) set a school record for wins. They will look for No. 30 on Sun­day against two-time de­fend­ing tournament cham­pion South Carolina.

ORE­GON STATE 63, UCLA 53: Syd­ney Wiese hit two three­p­oint­ers in the clos­ing min­utes, her first bas­kets of the sec­ond half, and fin­ished with 19 points to help the sixth-ranked Beavers hold off the No. 15 Bru­ins in the Pa­cific-12 semi­fi­nals in Seat­tle.

Ore­gon State (29-3) will play for its sec­ond straight con­fer­ence tournament ti­tle Sun­day night against either Stan­ford or in­state ri­val Ore­gon.

BEL­MONT 94, EAST­ERN KEN­TUCKY 64: Kylee Smith scored a ca­reer-high 30 points, and the Bru­ins ad­vanced to the NCAA tournament for the sec­ond year in a row by rout­ing the Colonels in the Ohio Val­ley championship game in Nashville.

Smith had 22 points as the Bru­ins (27-5) won their 21st straight, the sec­ond long­est Divi­sion I women’s streak in the coun­try, and their 25th straight over OVC op­po­nents.

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