Press-Telegram (Long Beach)



Raina Perez hit a jumper from near the left elbow with 2.1 seconds left to help No. 3 North Carolina State beat fifth-ranked Louisville 58-56 in the championsh­ip game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Perez’s shot secured the second-seeded Wolfpack’s first back-to-back titles in program history.

Tournament MVP Elissa Cunane led N.C. State (202) with 20 points.

Dana Evans had 15 points for the top-seeded Cardinals (23-3).

Aliyah Boston had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Gamecocks (22-4) won their second straight SEC Tournament title — and sixth in the past seven years.

It was a historic matchup that featured two Black head coaches in the title game for the first time in SEC history with South Carolina’s Dawn Staley and the Bulldogs’ Joni Taylor.

Que Morrison had 20 points for Georgia (20-6).

Christyn Williams had 26 points and the Huskies cruised in the Big East Tournament semifinals.

Paige Bueckers added 18 points and eight assists for UConn (23-1), which will play Marquette for its 19th Big East title in its first year back in the league after spending seven seasons dominating the American Athletic Conference.

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