HARTFORD, Conn.— USF's usually strong defense broke down in a 76-62 loss to DePaul on Saturday in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The Bulls (17-15) allowed an average of 61 points a game going in. Ann Martin had 33 points and six assists for the Blue Demons (22-9), the eighth seed. "We just flat out didn't defend like we have all season long," USF coach Jose Fernandez told gousfbulls.com.
Guard Jasmine Wynne scored 18 and Inga Orekhova 17 for USF.
MORE BIG EAST: Shoni Schimmel scored 20 as No. 20 Louisville (22-8), the seventh seed, beat Villanova 63-47. The Cardinals face No. 18 St. John's, the second seed, in today's quarterfinals. … Monique Oliver had 18 of her 23 points in the second half as No. 23 Rutgers (22-8), the sixth seed, rallied to beat Marquette 52-43 and set up today's matchup with No. 4 UConn, the third seed. … No. 5 seed West Virginia defeated Syracuse 63-48.
ACC: Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 12 rebounds for No. 3 seed and No. 6-ranked Maryland, which beat Wake Forest 73-58 in the semifinals in Greensboro, N.C. The Terrapins (27-4) play for the title today against No. 15 Georgia Tech, the fourth seed, which beat North Carolina State 87-61. Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 of her 20 in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (24-7).
SEC: Courtney Jones scored 18 as No. 4 seed LSU knocked off top seed Kentucky 72-61 in Nashville, Tenn. The Tigers beat the 10th-ranked Wildcats (25-6) for the second time this season to set up a final against 13th-ranked Tennessee, which topped No. 25 South Carolina 74-58 to reach its 21st SEC final. Glory Johnson led the Volunteers (23-8) with 23 points and 10 rebounds to help avenge an earlier loss at home to the Gamecocks (23-9).
FLORIDA GULF COAST IN: Florida Gulf Coast, located in Fort Myers, earned an automatic NCAA bid, beating Stetson 67-39 in the Atlantic Sun final in Macon, Ga. The Eagles (29-2) were 18-0 in the league in the regular season. Tourney MVP Sarah Hansen scored 16 to lead FGC. Victoria McGowan scored 17 to lead the Hatters (23-10).
BIG Ten: Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 24 Nebraska upset No. 14 Ohio State 77-62 in the semifinals in Indianapolis. In today's final the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (24-7) face No. 21 Purdue, which won 68-66 over top seed and ninth-ranked Penn State (24-6). Brittany Rayburn's layup with 1.4 seconds left won it for the Boilermakers (23-8), the fourth seed.
A-10: Megan Van Tatenhove led five players in double figures with 13 points as 19th-ranked St. Bonaventure (28-2), the top seed, beat La Salle 68-53 in the quarterfinals in Philadelphia.
WEST COAST: Kayla Standish scored 31 as 22nd-ranked Gonzaga (26-4), the top seed, held off Saint Mary's (Calif.) 83-78 in the semifinals in Las Vegas. Gonzaga faces No. 2 seed BYU on Monday.
OVC: Heather Butler scored 35 as Tennessee-Martin won its second straight league title, beating Tennessee Tech 82-65 in Nashville for an automatic NCAA bid.
NO. 1 BAYLOR 77, IOWA ST. 53: Brittney Griner scored a career-high 41 as the host Bears (31-0, 18-0 Big 12) capped their first undefeated regular season. Griner shot 15-of-18 and was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
NO. 11 Wis.-GREEN BAY 77, ILL.-CHICAGO 64: Julie Wojta had 27 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double double in seven games for the visiting Phoenix (27-1, 17-1 Horizon League) in their regular-season finale.