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No. 21 USF women fall to No. 1 UConn in AAC title game

Connecticut?€™s Morgan Tuck shoots as South Florida?€™s Alisia Jenkins, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) CTJH103

Connecticut?€™s Morgan Tuck shoots as South Florida?€™s Alisia Jenkins, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) CTJH103

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — UConn remains unbeaten in the history of American Athletic Conference play after winning its third straight women's tournament title in a rout.

Breanna Stewart had 22 points and seven blocks as the No. 1 Huskies beat No. 21 USF 77-51 on Monday night.

Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson added 13 points and a season-high seven rebounds for the Huskies (32-0), who extended the third-longest streak in team and NCAA women's Division I history to 69 games.

"Every time we play a team that is supposed to be really, really good, we play better, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "These players love to play against good players. They love to play against good teams."

Courtney Williams had 14 of her 16 points in the second half for USF (23-9), which fell for the second straight year in the title game and the third time this season to UConn.

The Huskies are 54-0 in the regular season and 9-0 in tournament games against AAC teams since the league was formed, winning all by double digits.

UConn took its first lead at 20-17 when Morgan Tuck found Stewart under the basket with 6:48 left in the first half and she was fouled.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Samuelson, one from each corner, gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead at 32-19.

"A 10- or 12-point game can get to 20 quick, and that's what it did," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 79, NO. 7 TEXAS 63: Nina Davis scored 22 to help the Bears (33-1) beat the Longhorns (28-4) in the Big 12 championship game in Oklahoma City.

ST. JOHN'S 75, NO. 18 DEPAUL 66: Aliyyah Handford scored 18 of her 23 in the second half, and the Red Storm (22-9) upset the Blue Demons (25-8) in the Big East tournament semifinals in Chicago.

MAAC: Marina Lizarazu scored 19 and Joy Adams had 13 rebounds to help Iona (23-11) earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance with a 57-41 victory over Quinnipiac in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title game in Albany, N.Y.

COLORADO: Coach Linda Lappe agreed to resign after a 7-23 season. Lappe was 105-92 in six seasons as coach.

UCF: Joi Williams, a former standout point guard at USF, was fired as coach after nine seasons. The Knights finished 7-23 this season and were 114-163 overall under Williams.

AP POLL: USF fell one spot to No. 21. Florida remained 25th, and FSU fell three spots to 17th. UConn remained a unanimous No. 1.

Men

COLONIAL: NC Wilmington (25-7) won its first Colonial Athletic Association title in 10 years, getting 20 points from Craig Ponder in an 80-73 overtime victory over Hofstra in Baltimore.

MAAC: A.J. English hit a fadeway jumper with 1:39 left to break a tie as Iona (27-7) beat Monmouth 79-76 to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title in Albany, N.Y.

SOUTHERN: Tre' McLean and Greg Pryor scored 13 each as Chattanooga (29-5) beat East Tennessee State 73-67 in the Southern Conference championship game in Asheville, N.C.

DREXEL: Coach Bruiser Flint was fired after a 15-year run without an NCAA Tournament appearance. Flint went 245-217 overall and 6-25 this season.

SANTA CLARA: Coach Kerry Keating was fired after nine years. The Broncos finished 11-20 this season and were 139-159 overall under Keating.

WISCONSIN: The school removed the "interim" tag from Greg Gard and named him the permanent head coach.

AP POLL: Kansas remained No. 1 for a second straight week and the fourth time this season.

Automatic berths

Men

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Fla. Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun

Iona MAAC

NC Asheville Big South

NC Wilmington Colonial

Northern Iowa MVC

Yale Ivy

Women

Baylor Big 12

Belmont Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

Connecticut AAC

George Washington Atlantic 10

Iona MAAC

Maryland Big Ten

Notre Dame ACC

Oregon State Pac-12

South Carolina SEC

No. 21 USF women fall to No. 1 UConn in AAC title game 03/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 11:28pm]
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