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USF women routed by UConn again in AAC tournament title game

Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson shoots over South Florida's Ariadna Pujol during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) CTJH117
Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson shoots over South Florida's Ariadna Pujol during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) CTJH117
Published Mar. 7, 2017

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson had 40 points and hit all 10 of her 3-pointers to lead top-ranked UConn to a 100-44 rout of USF in the American Athletic Conference tournament final on Monday.

Samuelson set a Division I record for consecutive 3-pointers in a game and set the tournament's single-game scoring mark.

Napheesa Collier added 15 points as the Huskies won their 107th straight overall and 82nd in a row in the AAC. This one was never in doubt in UConn's third easy win over USF (24-8) this season.

"I told our team, 'Let's not let this game take away the season that this team has had,' " USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "… We're in the NCAA Tournament. We're still going to be playing and a lot of team are not.''

Samuelson scored eight and hit her first two 3-pointers during an opening 12-0 run for the Huskies (32-0).

UF fires Butler

GAINESVILLE — Florida fired women's coach Amanda Butler after 10 seasons at her alma mater and on her 45th birthday.

New athletic director Scott Stricklin made the announcement four days after the Gators ended a disappointing season in the SEC tournament.

Florida (15-16) was ranked No. 20 in the preseason but finished with a losing record for the second time in three years. The Gators were 190-137 overall and 71-85 in SEC play under Butler.

MAAC: Aryn McClure scored a career-best 28 to help Quinnipiac (27-6) beat Rider 81-73 and win the conference championship in Albany, N.Y.

Men

COLONIAL: C.J. Bryce scored 24 and UNC Wilmington (29-5) clinched its second straight NCAA Tournament berth with a 78-69 victory over College of Charleston in in Charleston, S.C.

SOUTHERN: T.J. Cromer scored 23 and East Tennessee State (27-7) beat top-seeded UNC Greensboro 79-74 to win the tournament championship in Asheville, N.C.

OBITUARY: Kansas standout Bill Hougland, who led the Jayhawks to the 1952 national title before becoming the first player to win two Olympic basketball gold medals, died in Lawrence, Kan. He was 86.