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USF falls to West Virginia in Big East tourney

HARTFORD, Conn. — Olayinka Sanni had 20 points as No.  14 West Virginia defeated USF 64-42 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

Shantia Grace had 13 points for the Bulls (16-15), who now wait to see if they will get into the WNIT.

Grace, who scored 25 in Saturday's upset of Syracuse, was 3-for-10 shooting in the first half and the Bulls trailed 39-15 at halftime.

USF came in on a three-game winning streak but looked tired. The Bulls had four players log at least 39 minutes Saturday night.

"You could tell we just did not have our legs," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "Our kids kept battling. It was obvious that first media timeout. Tia (Grace) and Jazz (Jazmine Sepulveda) just didn't have any lift on their shot."

LaQuita Owens scored 14 for the Mountaineers (24-6), who face Louisville in tonight's semifinals.

Louisville 57, No.  4 Rutgers 56: Angel McCoughtry had 20 points, seven rebounds and a big strip at the end as the Cardinals, the No.  7 seed, pulled off the upset of the second seed. McCoughtry found Candyce Bingham underneath for a basket and a 57-56 lead with 32 seconds left. Then on the last Rutgers possession McCoughtry got her hand on the ball as Epiphany Prince tried a desperation shot.

NO.  1 UCONN 86, DePAUL 67: Renee Montgomery had 19 points and Tina Charles 16 for the top seed Huskies, who hit 30 wins for the third straight season.

PITT 64, NO.  9 NOTRE DAME 53: Marcedes Walker had 18 points and 13 rebounds, her conference-high 52nd double double, to lead the Panthers to the upset.

Top 25

NO.  6 STANFORD 78, UCLA 45: Jayne Appel had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks as the Cardinal cruised to its seventh straight Pac-10 final in San Jose, Calif.

NO.  10 CAL 65, ARIZ. ST. 61: Devanei Hampton had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lift the second-seeded Golden Bears to tonight's Pac-10 final, their first.

XAVIER 63, NO.  13 GW 59: Maureen Hester hit two free throws in the final seconds as the third-seeded Musketeers upset the Colonials in the Atlantic 10 semifinals in Philadelphia. Xavier faces top seed Temple tonight.

SMU 73, NO.  18 UTEP 57: Brittany Gilliam scored 20 as the Mustangs upset the Miners, ending the nation's longest winning streak end at 23 in the Conference USA final in Orlando.

NO.  24 MARIST 83, IONA 63: Rachele Fitz scored 16 of her 20 in the second half as the Red Foxes won the Metro Atlantic final in Albany, N.Y.

Other finals

BIG TEN: Lakisha Freeman rebounded her miss and barely beat the buzzer with a 10-foot jumper to lift Purdue past Illinois 58-56 in Indianapolis.

WEST COAST: Morgan Henderson scored 20, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead host San Diego past top seed Gonzaga 70-66.

Sunshine State final: host Tampa defeated

Two-time defending champion and host Tampa lost 53-47 to top seed Nova Southeastern in the Sunshine State Conference final. The Spartans (24-6) led 20-14 at halftime but the Sharks (25-5) went on a 9-2 run to start the second half. DeShaydia Mackey led Tampa with 15 points.

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In the field

Automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament:

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Marist MACC

Murray State Ohio Valley

North Carolina ACC

Purdue Big Ten

San Diego West Coast

SMUC-USA

Tennessee SEC

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