GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Hailey Van Lith had 15 points, and unranked Louisville used a stifling defensive performance to knock off No. 10 Notre Dame 64-38 on Saturday to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.
Louisville limited the Fighting Irish to 31.4% shooting and forced 22 turnovers, using a full court press to create chaos while closing off entry passes in half court sets.
It’s the first time Notre Dame has been held to under 50 points all season.
The Cardinals (23-10) will be seeking their first title since 2018 on Sunday when they face the winner of the other semifinal game at the Greensboro Coliseum between No. 8 Virginia Tech and No. 13 Duke.
Olivia Cochran had 12 points and eight rebounds and Mykasa Robinson and Chrislyn Carr each had 10 points for Louisville.
Maddy Westbeld had nine points to lead Notre Dame (25-5), which played without point point guard Olivia Miles, who was injured in last week’s win over Louisville and has not played since. The Irish already had lost starter Dara Mabrey to a season-ending injury earlier this year.
NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 80, MISSISSIPPI 51
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Laeticia Amihere scored 17 points and Aliyah Boston posted her 80th career double-double to lead No. 1 South Carolina into the SEC Tournament final for the eighth time in nine seasons.
Boston had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Gamecocks (31-0) won their 37th straight game. Kamilla Cardoso also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zia Cooke finished with 14 points and Brea Beal 13 for the Gamecocks.
They will take on Tennessee for the conference championship on Sunday.
It was the second straight year Mississippi’s tournament was ended in the semifinals by the Gamecocks.
Leading scorer Angel Baker, averaging 15.3 points coming in, was held to nine on 4-of-15 shooting. Madison Scott led the Rebels (23-8) with 15 points.
NO. 14 OHIO STATE 79, NO. 2 INDIANA 75
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rikki Harris made a go-ahead layup with 38 seconds left for Ohio State in a victory over Indiana after rallying from a 24-point deficit in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Taylor Thierry had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals for the Buckeyes (25-6), who turned up their full-court press in the second half to take down the regular-season conference champion Hoosiers (27-3) and damage their bid for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Cotie McMahon added 12 points, 14 rebounds and three steals. She also played a major role in limiting Indiana star Mackenzie Holmes, who had 12 points — nearly 13 below her average — on 3-for-7 shooting.
Grace Berger led the Hoosiers with 20 points and six assists.
TENNESSEE 69, NO. 4 LSU 67
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Rickea Jackson scored 26 points and Jordan Horston 17 as Tennessee rallied from 17 points down to reach its first Southeastern Conference tournament championship game since 2015.
Jackson and Horston both had double-doubles, each with 10 rebounds in the improbable comeback.
The Lady Vols will face No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday for the league crown.
Angel Reese finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 28th double-double in 30 games this season. Her six made free throws gave her 204 this year to break LSU’s single-season mark set by Maree Jackson in 1977-78.
Alex Morris ended with 20 points for the Tigers.
NO. 7 IOWA 89, NO. 5 MARYLAND 84
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Caitlin Clark had 22 points and nine assists, Gabbie Marshall and McKenna Warnock each scored 21 points, and Iowa made a season-high 15 shots from 3-point range to beat Maryland in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The defending conference tournament champion Hawkeyes (25-6) will play 14th-ranked Ohio State in the championship game on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes overcame a 24-point deficit to beat second-ranked Indiana, the regular season champion, in the other semifinal.
Abby Meyers and Diamond Miller each scored 21 points for the Terrapins (25-6), who handed the Hawkeyes their worst loss of the season — 96-68 at Maryland — just two weeks ago.
NO. 8 VIRGINIA TECH 58, NO. 13 DUKE 37
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Georgia Amoore scored 24 points on six 3-pointers and Virginia Tech advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game for the first time in program history with a victory over Duke.
Amoore finished 9 of 16 from the field, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc, to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.
ACC player of the year Elizabeth Kitley added eight points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies, who won their 10th straight game.
Virginia Tech (26-4) will face unranked Louisville, which knocked off top-seeded and No. 10 ranked Notre Dame 64-38 in the other semifinal game.
Elizabeth Balogun had nine points for Duke (25-6).
NO. 9 UCONN 69, GEORGETOWN 39
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Aaliyah Edwards had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead UConn to a rout of Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals.
Dorka Juhasz also put up a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Lopez Senechal added 14 points for the top-seeded Huskies (27-5), who have won six of their last seven games.
Kelsey Ransom had 12 points to lead Georgetown (14-17).
UConn star Azzi Fudd returned to play after missing 22 games while recovering from a pair of knee injuries. She had 10 points in 17 minutes.
The Huskies take on the winner of the quarterfinal between Marquette and St. John’s on Sunday. They have lost to both teams this season.
NO. 11 VILLANOVA 71, DEPAUL 70
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Maddy Siegrist scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Lucy OIsen scored 19 and her go-ahead free throw with 0.7 seconds left sent Villanova past DePaul in a Big East quarterfinal matchup.
The top-seeded Wildcats (27-5) will play on Sunday the winner between third-seed Creighton and No. 6 Seton Hall.
Christina Dalce scored 12 and Maddie Burke 10 for Villanova.
Aneesah Morrow scored 24 points and had 17 rebounds for DePaul (16-17), Kendall Holmes scored 20 points shooting 5 of 9 from 3-point range and Anaya Peoples scored 17.
NO. 12 TEXAS 80, KANSAS STATE 52
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Shaylee Gonzales scored 21 points and Texas smothered Kansas State to win a share of the Big 12 Conference championship for the first time since 2004.
The Longhorns (23-8, 14-4) share the title with Oklahoma, but the defending tournament champions take the No. 1 seed into the league tournament because they swept the Sooners.
Taylor Jones added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Texas and DeYona Gaston had 17 with nine rebounds. Rori Harmon had 12 assists.
Serena Sundell had 12 points for the Wildcats (16-15, 5-13), the ninth-seed in the Big 12 Tournament, taking on Texas Tech Wednesday in Kansas City. Sarah Shematsi added 11 points.
NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 80, OKLAHOMA ST 71
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Taylor Robertson had 15 points and six assists, Skylar Vann had a double-double off the bench, and Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State to secure the school’s first Big 12 championship since 2009.
The Sooners (24-5, 14-4 Big 12) won without All-American Madi Williams, who hit two 3-pointers early in the first quarter but sat the final 36 minutes with an undisclosed injury.
Vann had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma.
Naomie Alnatas scored 15 points, Lexy Keys 14 and Lior Garzon 13 for Oklahoma State (20-10, 10-8).
NO. 23 IOWA STATE 72, TEXAS TECH 56
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ashley Joens scored 22 points and became the Big 12 Conference all-time leader in games played, Emily Ryan had a double-double and Iowa State rolled past Texas Tech to close the regular season.
Joens, in her fifth season, played in her 154th game, all starts, also had 10 rebounds. She also pushed her career points total to 2,957, 15th on the all-time NCAA D-I list. Ryan had 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Cyclones (19-8, 11-7), who head into the conference tournament in Kansas City as the third seed.
Bailey Maupin scored 10 points for the Lady Raiders (18-13, 6-12), who are the eighth seed and will play ninth-seeded Kansas State on Wednesday.
NO. 24 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 72, UTEP 68, OT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Jaylynn Gregory and reserve Kseniya Malashka scored 17 points apiece and Middle Tennessee withstood UTEP for an overtime win.
Elina Arike scored 17 points, Adhel Tac 16 and Jazion Jackson 11 for UTEP (19-10, 12-8).
The regular season conference champion Lady Raiders (25-4, 18-2) earned the top seed to the C-USA postseason and will play the winner of the No. 8 versus No. 9 seed on March 9.
Middle Tennessee’s 18 wins in conference marks a C-USA record for most wins in league history as the Lady Raiders finished their second straight season going undefeated at home.
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