Connecticut advances to Big East title game

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HARTFORD, Conn. --- Maya Moore scored 22 points and Kelly Faris added 19 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 75-51 win over Rutgers on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

UConn (31-1) has won 19 in a row since losing to Stanford Dec. 30 to snap the Huskies' record 90-game winning streak. It will be the 21st time in the past 23 seasons that they are in the championship game.

Erica Wheeler finished with 17 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (19-12).

NO. 5 XAVIER 67, DAYTON 60

In Lowell, Mass., Ta'Shia Phillips scored 26 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:31 to play, and Xavier pulled away in the closing minutes in the Atlantic 10 tournament title game.

Xavier, which won the A10 tourney title for the fourth time in five years, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Special Jennings had 17 points and Amber Harris overcame a rough shooting day to score 12 for Xavier (28-2).

NO. 10 NOTRE DAME 71, NO. 9 DEPAUL 67

In Hartford, Con., Skylar Diggins scored 19 points to help Notre Dame beat DePaul (27-6) in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

The Irish will face top-seeded Connecticut tonight for the championship in a rematch of the famous 2001 final in which Sue Bird hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Huskies.

Notre Dame (26-6) hasn't been back to the title game since.

NO. 19 MARIST 63, LOYOLA-MARYLAND 45

In Bridgeport, Conn., Erica Allenspach scored 21 points as Marist clinched an NCAA tournament bid for the sixth season in a row with a victory over Loyola (Md.).

The Red Foxes (30-2) extended their nation-best winning streak to 26 games by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title for the sixth consecutive year.

NO. 20 GONZAGA 72, SAINT MARY'S 46

In Las Vegas, Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points, 16 assists and a blocked shot as Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's to claim its third consecutive West Coast Conference tournament title.

The Bulldogs (28-4) now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago.

Saint Mary's (19-12) likely is headed to the women's National Invitation Tournament.

Ncaa automatic bids

Duke, Atlantic Coast

Xavier, Atlantic 10

Gonzaga, West Coast

Marist, Metro Atlantic

Ohio State, Big Ten

Princeton, Ivy League

Stetson, Atlantic Sun

Tennessee, Southeastern

Tennessee-Martin, Ohio Valley

Samford, Southern


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