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South Florida Bulls women's basketball team is routed by No. 1 Connecticut in Big East tournament

HARTFORD, Conn. — Villanova coach Harry Perretta joked that he has given Connecticut permission to "kick the crap" out of his squad in the Big East semifinals.

Perretta knows the Wildcats might not have much say in the matter. It's what UConn seems to do to everybody.

Kalana Greene scored a season-high 20 and added 10 rebounds Sunday, and the top-ranked Huskies rolled over USF 79-42 in the quarterfinals.

Greene had 18 points by halftime when UConn led 47-10. She missed last season's tournament with a torn ACL, something she said is motivation.

"I missed a lot of basketball last year, so I'm trying to make up for it this year, not taking anything for granted," she said. "I know the Big East tournament is going to be a lot of momentum for the NCAA Tournament, so I'm trying to start now."

A lob pass from Kaili McLaren to Maya Moore put UConn up 20-1 with just more than 12 minutes left in the first half. USF (22-10) didn't get a field goal until Porche Grant hit a layup with just more than nine minutes left in the half.

The Bulls were 3-of-24 from the field before intermission while the Huskies (31-0) had runs of 10-0, 10-0 and 13-0.

"It's tough to get out in transition when you're getting the ball out of the net every time," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "That hurt us. We're a transition basketball team."

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 87, RUTGERS 82, 2OT: Angel McCoughtry scored 35, including seven in the second overtime, as the Cardinals (28-3) won their seventh straight game.

NO. 14 PITT 62, DEPAUL 59: Shavonte Zellous scored 15 of her 18 in the second half to help the Panthers (23-6).

VILLANOVA 58, NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 47: Laura Kurz had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the host Wildcats (19-12), whose victory over the Irish (22-8) in the regular season had earned them the fourth seed.

ACC tournament

NO. 4 MARYLAND 92, NO. 8 DUKE 89, OT: Marisa Coleman had 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Terrapins (28-4) held off the Blue Devils (26-5) in Greensboro, N.C., to capture their first title in 20 years.

SEC tournament

NO. 22 vandy 61, NO. 6 auburn 54: Christina Wirth scored 20, and the Commodores (24-8) beat the Tigers (29-3) for the second time in three weeks to win the title in North Little Rock, Ark.

Sunshine State

TAMPA 55, ROLLINS 29: Tiara Cook had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks as the Spartans (25-5) won the tourney final in Fort Lauderdale, their third title in four seasons. UT advances to the Division II tournament as a No. 3 seed and plays Clark Atlanta on Friday in Cleveland, Miss.

Nation

NO. 3 OKLA. 74, NO. 15 TEXAS 62: Danielle Robinson scored 17 as the Big 12 champion Sooners (27-3, 15-1) ended the regular season by pounding the host Longhorns (20-10, 8-8).

NO. 12 OHIO ST. 67, PURDUE 66: Jantel Lavender made a free throw with 6.2 seconds left for the Buckeyes (27-5) in the Big Ten tournament title game in Indianapolis.

C-USA: Emma Cannon had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Central Florida (17-16) won the Conference USA tournament with a 65-54 overtime victory over Southern Mississippi.

MAAC: Erica Allenspach scored a career-high 22 to help Marist (29-3) beat Canisius 78-63 and win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title game in Albany, N.Y.

FAST FACTS

NCAA berths

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Central Florida C-USA

E. Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Marist MAAC

Maryland ACC

Ohio State Big Ten

Vanderbilt SEC

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