No. 4 Ir­ish crush No. 18 Or­ange to reach ACC fi­nal

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball -

Jackie Young had 18 points and 13 re­bounds, and No. 4 Notre Dame ad­vanced to the ACC cham­pi­onship game by rout­ing No. 18 Syra­cuse 91-66 on Sat­ur­day in a semi­fi­nal in Greens­boro, N.C.

Jes­sica Shep­ard added 16 points and 12 re­bounds, and Ma­rina Mabrey fin­ished with 16 points to help the top-seeded Fight­ing Ir­ish (29-3) reach their ninth straight con­fer­ence fi­nal – a run that in­cludes all six years of their mem­ber­ship in the ACC.

No. 1 Bay­lor 100, Texas Tech 61: Kalani Brown and Na-Lyssa Smith scored 14 points each to help Bay­lor rout Texas Tech for its 21st straight vic­tory in the Big 12 women’s tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nals in Ok­la­homa City.

Moon Ursin and Chloe Jack­son added 12 points apiece for the Lady Bears (29-1), who shot 57 per­cent in their third 100point game of the sea­son. Seven play­ers reached dou­ble fig­ures.

No. 2 UConn 92, East Carolina 65: Napheesa Col­lier scored a sea­son­high 37 points as host UConn, play­ing with­out in­jured All-Amer­i­can Katie Lou Sa­muel­son, pulled away from East Carolina in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the AAC tour­na­ment.

No. 3 Louisville 78, No. 9 North Carolina State 68: Asia Durr scored 22 points, and Louisville ad­vanced to the ACC Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game by beat­ing North Carolina State.

No. 22 Drake 95, Bradley 63: Becca Hit­tner scored 21 points and host Drake rolled by Bradley to wrap up its third con­sec­u­tive out­right Mis­souri Val­ley Con­fer­ence reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle.

Bel­mont 59, UT Mar­tin 53: El­lie Harmeyer scored 16 points, fresh­man Conley Chinn hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:07 to play and Bel­mont de­feated Ten­nessee-Mar­tin in Evansville, Ind., for its fourth-straight Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment ti­tle and NCAA Tour­na­ment berth.

CHUCK BUR­TON AP

Louisville's Mykasa Robin­son knocks the ball away from North Carolina State's Elissa Cu­nane dur­ing the first half Sat­ur­day in the ACC tour­na­ment in Greens­boro, N.C.

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