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Gutsy road win puts USF in Big East tourney

MILWAUKEE — Shantia Grace had 28 points, and USF rallied for a spot in this weekend's Big East tournament with a 61-56 win over Marquette on Monday night.

The Bulls (15-14, 5-11), who upset Pittsburgh in Tampa on Saturday, will be the No.  11 seed in Hartford after being on the outside looking in for much of the season. The win also helps the Bulls' chances of another trip to the postseason in the Women's NIT as it guarantees at least a .500 record for the season.

Marquette (16-13, 8-8) had been 12-3 at home this season.

USF clung to a 56-55 lead with a minute left but scored the next five to seal the win.

Guard Jazmine Sepulveda scored on a putback and foul for a 59-55 lead with 39 seconds left. Jessica Lawson added two free throws with 28 seconds left.

The Bulls finished in a three-way tie for 11th with Georgetown and Villanova but won out because their best win was against a team higher in the league standings than the Hoyas or Wildcats.

Huskies get revenge

HARTFORD, Conn. — Renee Montgomery scored 21 and Maya Moore 19 to help No.  1 Connecticut beat No.  4 Rutgers 66-46 for their second straight Big East regular-season championship.

The Huskies lead the series 21-6, but the Scarlet Knights have won four of the past seven.

"They've taken Tennessee's place," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "We have to hate somebody."

ST. JOHN'S 61, NO.  9 NOTRE DAME 51: Kia Wright scored 14 and the undersized Red Storm stunned a highly ranked Irish team at home for the second straight time.

SYRACUSE 73, NO.  14 W.  VA. 51: Freshman guard Erica Morrow scored a season-high 25, Chandrea Jones added 22 and the Orange improved to 13-2 at home and earned the No.  6 seed for the Big East tournament.

AP POLL: Virginia entered at No.  25, its first ranking in four seasons. Wyoming fell out. Connecticut remained No.  1.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

Gutsy road win puts USF in Big East tourney 03/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:25am]
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