The Mercury News

Saint Mary's ousted from WCC Tournament


Saint Mary's climbed back from a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter to make it a three-point game before falling to Pacific 8277 in a WCC Tournament second-round game Friday in Las Vegas.

The Gaels (13-18) started the game on an 8-0 run, but the Tigers (14-16) tied the game at 10-all and led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

A 3-pointer by Taycee Wedin gave the Gaels the lead again, 24-23, with just under seven minutes to go in the half. But Pacific got its lead back up to six and led by three at the break.

Saint Mary's made just one field goal on nine attempts in the third quarter and was outscored 137, eventually trailing 66-47 with 5:35 left in the game before chipping away to make it close.

Wedin led the Gaels with 23 points and hit three 3-pointers to finish her career with 407 3s. She finishes with 1,740 points, putting her fifth all time in program history.

Ali Bamberger of Saint Mary's had 19 points and nine rebounds.

NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 93, ARKANSAS 66 >> Victaria Saxton scored 19 points and Aliyah Boston had her 79th career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Gamecocks improved to 30-0 with a victory over the Razorbacks (21-12) in the quarterfin­als of the Southeaste­rn Conference Tournament in Greenville, S.C..

South Carolina has won 36 straight.


ST. 85 >> Mackenzie Holmes scored 27 points and Sara Scalia added 20 as the topseeded Hoosiers overcame a slow start to hold off the Spartans in the quarterfin­als of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapoli­s.

Chloe Moore-McNeil had 19 points and 11 assists for Indiana (27-2).

Kamaria McDaniel scored a season-high 32 points for ninth-seeded Michigan State (16-14). NO. 7 IOWA 69, PURDUE 58 >> Caitlin Clark had 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the No. 2 seed Hawkeyes (24-6) over the seventh-seeded Boilermake­rs (19-10) in the quarterfin­als of the Big Ten Tournament.


NORTH CAROLINA ST. 60 >> Sonia Citron had 28 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (25-4) beat the eighth-seeded, threetime reigning champion Wolfpack (20-11) in the quarterfin­als at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

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