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.