Things also would’ve been easier if they didn’t have to deal with Alyssa Thomas.
Georgia Tech came up empty on a series of late possessions and tournament MVP Thomas scored 29 points to lead No. 6 Maryland to a 68-65 victory in the ACC title game.
Tyaunna Marshall scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half and Sasha Goodlett added 20 points for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (24-8), who were denied their first league tournament title.
NO. 13 TENNESSEE 70, LOUISIANA STATE 58
In Knoxville, Tenn., Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Shekinna Stricklen added 16 points as Tennessee beat LSU to win a third-consecutive Southeastern Conference Tournament title.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 69, DEPAUL 54
In Hartford, Conn., Devereaux Peters had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to lead Notre Dame to a win over DePaul in the Big East quarterfinals.
Natalie Novosel also had 16 points and Kayla McBride added 14 for the Irish (29-2) who are coming off the program’s first outright regular-season conference championship.
WEST VIRGINIA 39,
NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 32
Taylor Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help West Virginia beat Georgetown in the quarterfinals.
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 49,
NO. 23 RUTGERS 34
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half as Connecticut beat Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.
NO. 18 ST. JOHN’S 68,
NO. 20 LOUISVILLE 61 (OT)
Shenneika Smith scored 24 points and St. John’s beat Louisville in overtime in their quarterfinal matchup.
Nadirah McKenith added 15 points for the Red Storm (22-8), which held Louisville (22-9) to two free throws and a 3-pointer in the extra period.
TEXAS 79, NO. 17 TEXAS A&M 64
In Austin, Texas, Yvonne Anderson scored 25 points to go with nine assists as Texas picked up a key victory to its NCAA Tournament hopes.
NO. 19 ST. BONAVENTURE 78, SAINT JOSEPH’S 52
In Philadelphia, Megan Van Tatenhove scored 27 points and Jessica Jenkins added 22 as St. Bonaventure (29-2) cruised past Saint Joseph’s (21-10) in the Atlantic 10 semifinals.
NO. 21 PURDUE 74, NO. 24 NEBRASKA 70 (2OT)
In Indianapolis, KK Houser scored 19 points to help Purdue (24-8) defeat Nebraska (24-8) in two overtimes in the Big Ten tournament final.