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