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Colorado State (4-28) shocks Utah (28-4)

LAS VEGAS — Emily Neal scored 17 and Colorado State shocked 12th-ranked and top-seeded Utah 60-52 in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night.

The ninth-seeded Rams (4-28) outmuscled and outhustled the heavily favored Utes (28-4), who went 16-0 in league play and had 22 straight wins.

Colorado State was 0-16 in conference play and entered the tourney on a 20-game losing streak before beating Wyoming in the play-in game Tuesday night, a prelude to one of the biggest upsets in college basketball this season.

All night, it was hard to tell which team had won 27 games and which had lost 27.

Neal's two free throws with 4:40 left gave the Rams their biggest lead at 50-43, and Sara Hunter, who had 12 points, sank two more with 1:59 left to extend the lead to 53-45.

Leilani Mitchell led Utah with 19 points but shot just 5-for-16 from the field. The Utes shot 29 percent overall.

TEXAS 76, NO.  9 BAYLOR 61: Carla Cortijo scored a career-high 24 and the Longhorns overcame a 16-point halftime deficit in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Texas took its first lead since 12-11 when Cortijo hit a 3-pointer to make it 48-46 with just less than nine minutes left. The Longhorns never trailed again.

NO.  11 TEXAS A&M 65, MISSOURI 39: Takia Starks scored 18 points to lead the Aggies in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

IOWA ST. 66, NO.  15 KANSAS ST. 65, OT: Alison Lacey drove coast-to-coast for a three-point play with 4.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Cyclones in the Big 12 tournament. Iowa State's Jocelyn Anderson hit a tying putback with .4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

PATRIOT LEAGUE: Amanda Brown scored 14 to lead Bucknell to a 57-45 upset of Holy Cross and the league title in Worcester, Mass. The fifth-seeded Bison earned their second automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

RECRUITING QUESTION: Connecticut has responded to NCAA concerns that its women's basketball office helped arrange a private tour of ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., for then-top recruit Maya Moore.

The tour, which might have violated NCAA rules because it may be considered a benefit not available to all UConn students, took place in October 2005 and included Moore and her mother, Kathryn.

UConn declined to say whether the school self-reported the incident or whether the NCAA considered it a violation.

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Automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament:

Bucknell Patriot

Chattanooga Southern

Connecticut Big East

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Marist MACC

Murray State Ohio Valley

North Carolina ACC

Oral Roberts Summit

Purdue Big Ten

San Diego West Coast

SMU C-USA

Stanford Pac-10

Tennessee SEC

W.  Kentucky Sun Belt

Xavier Atlantic 10

Colorado State (4-28) shocks Utah (28-4) 03/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:37am]
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