- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Katie Lou Samuelson scored 17 points and Morgan Tuck added 15 to help No. 1 UConn rout Tulane 82-35 in the American Athletic Conference semifinals on Sunday for the Huskies’ 68th consecutive victory.

Kia Nurse added 12 points for UConn (31-0), which will play South Florida in the championship game on Monday night.

The last time the Huskies and Tulane played was on UConn’s senior day. The Green Wave got off to a great start and led 13-2 - the Huskies’ biggest deficit during their current winning streak. UConn went on to win that game by 40 points.

The Huskies picked up where they left off from that game Sunday. They scored the game’s first 14 points - Nurse had seven - and didn’t look back.

No. 2 NOTRE DAME 68, No. 17 SYRACUSE 57

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Brianna Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Notre Dame won its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title.

Madison Cable scored 18 points with six 3-pointers and Kathryn Westbeld added 10 for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (31-1), who never trailed and overcame a late 6 1/2-minute scoring drought to extend their winning streak to 24.

In earning its fourth straight conference tournament title, Notre Dame became the first ACC team to three-peat since North Carolina in 2006-08.

Alexis Peterson had 19 points and Briana Day added 17 for third-seeded Syracuse (25-7), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped.

The Orange were playing in a league title game for the third time and were denied their first conference title since they won the Big East in 1985.

No. 3 SOUTH CAROLINA 66, No. 15 MISSISSIPPI STATE 52

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, her 12th double-double of the season, and South Carolina won the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the second straight year.

Tiffany Mitchell added 19 points and Khadijah Session chipped in 11 for the Gamecocks (31-1), who won their ninth consecutive game since losing to three-time defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut a month ago.

With former football coach Steve Spurrier cheering from behind the bench, South Carolina became just the fourth team in SEC history to win both regular-season and tournament titles in back-to-back seasons, joining Georgia (1983-84) and Tennessee (1999-2000, 2010-11).

The Gamecocks also joined those same programs as the only ones to go undefeated in league play in the regular season and in the tournament. Georgia did it in 1986. The Lady Vols accomplished the feat in 1994 and 2011.

No. 4 BAYLOR 84, No. 24 OKLAHOMA 57

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Alexis Jones had 19 points and 11 assists to help Baylor defeat Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.

Nina Davis scored 15 points, Kalani Brown had 13 and Alexis Prince added 10 for the Lady Bears (32-1), who shot 56 percent.

They swept their three meetings with the Sooners this season and have won 12 of the past 13 matchups. Sunday’s victory was their 19th straight overall and their 17th straight in conference tournament play. Baylor will go for its sixth consecutive Big 12 Tournament title Monday night against Texas.

Derica Wyatt scored 12 points, Maddie Manning had 11 and Gioya Carter added 10 for the Sooners (21-10). Oklahoma shot just 30 percent and was outrebounded 41-31.

No. 5 MARYLAND 60, No. 19 MICHIGAN STATE 44

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and Maryland beat Michigan State for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament title.

The Terrapins (30-3) used an 11-0 run to take a 38-30 lead late in the third, then opened the fourth with a 9-2 spurt to pull away. Maryland led by as many as 18 points late, and Brene Moseley and Brionna Jones each finished with 10 points.

Tori Jankoska led Michigan State (24-8) with 12 points. The Spartans made just 2 of 19 3-point attempts.

Maryland beat Ohio State 77-74 in last year’s title game.

No. 6 TEXAS 67, No. 22 WEST VIRGINIA 51

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Celina Rodrigo scored 12 points to help Texas defeat West Virginia in the Big 12 women’s tournament semifinal.

The Longhorns will face No. 4 Baylor in the championship game. The Lady Bears defeated No. 24 Oklahoma 84-57 in the other semifinal.

Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins each scored 11 points and Imani Boyette added 10 for Texas (28-3), which shot 48 percent from the field.

Baylor won both regular-season meetings with Texas, including a 74-48 win last week that cost the Longhorns a share of the conference title.

The Lady Bears are seeking their sixth straight tournament title, while Texas tries for its first since 2003.

Jessica Morton scored 13 points and Teana Muldrow added 12 for West Virginia (24-9), which had won four straight. Bria Holmes, West Virginia’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, finished with eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.

NO. 8 OREGON STATE 69, NO. 12 UCLA 57

SEATTLE (AP) - Sydney Wiese scored 18 of her 21 points in the first half while Oregon State built a 27-point lead and Ruth Hamblin added 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in a win over UCLA that gave the Beavers their first Pac-12 Conference Tournament title.

After winning at least a share of two straight regular-season conference titles, the Beavers (28-4) capped off their first conference tourney title and earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a dominant performance that will only help solidify their place as a high seed when the NCAA field is announced on March 14.

Wiese was the instigator, hitting four 3-pointers in the first half as Oregon State raced to a 44-17 halftime lead. Hamblin dominated the inside, making 10 of 14 shots and nearly outrebounded UCLA as a team.

Jordin Canada led UCLA (24-8) with 17 points.

No. 18 DEPAUL 76, BUTLER 49

CHICAGO (AP) - Megan Podkowa scored 14 points, Jessica January had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists and DePaul beat ninth-seeded Butler in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.

Top-seeded DePaul - the reigning tournament champion - will play the winner of St. John’s-Georgetown on Monday night.

DePaul, which never trailed, made four 3-pointers to jump out to a 12-2 advantage and led 23-11 after one quarter. The Blue Demons extended it to 39-19 at halftime, behind 11 points by Podkowa, and made six 3-pointers.

Jacqui Grant added nine points and nine rebounds for DePaul (25-7) before fouling out with 5:39 left. The Blue Demons have won 11 straight in the series.

Tori Schickel had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Butler (10-21).

No. 20 SOUTH FLORIDA 64, TEMPLE 46

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half, Shalethia Stringfield finished with 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and South Florida beat sixth-seeded Temple.

The win set up a rematch of last season’s American Athletic Conference championship game with No. 1 UConn on Monday night.

USF (23-8) closed out Temple on a 33-9 run.

The Owls (20-11) opened the second half on an 11-2 run for a 37-31 lead but South Florida ended the quarter on a 14-2 run, with 13 combined from Williams and Stringfield, for a 45-39 lead.

Williams hit an open 3-pointer from the wing with 6:39 left, beat the shot clock on a free-throw line jumper and South Florida started the fourth on a 15-2 run for a 60-41 lead.

Alisia Jenkins had 12 points and 15 rebounds for South Florida.

Tanaya Atkinson led Temple with 17 points.

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