Texas A&M women take title in SEC debut

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DULUTH, Ga. — Kelsey Bone had 18 points and 15 rebounds, with most of her production coming in the second half, and No. 19 Texas A&M earned a 75-67 win over seventh-ranked Kentucky to claim the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in its first year in the league.

Texas A&M forward Kristi Bellock (right) passes through the arms of Kentucky guard Bria Goss. The Aggies claimed the SEC title Sunday.  JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas A&M forward Kristi Bellock (right) passes through the arms of Kentucky guard Bria Goss. The Aggies claimed the SEC title Sunday.

The Aggies, the No. 4 seed, were the surprise of the tournament by beating the top two seeds in the tournament. No. 19 Texas A&M (24-9) beat top-seeded Tennessee in the semifinals before beating No. 2 seed Kentucky (27-5) in the final.

NO. 6 DUKE 92, NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 73

In Greensboro, N.C., freshman Alexis Jones scored a career-high 24 points and Duke (30-2) claimed its eighth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title by routing North Carolina (28-6) in the championship game.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 77, OKLAHOMA STATE 69

In Dallas, Brittney Griner had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Baylor (31-1) held off a furious late charge by Oklahoma State (21-10) for a victory in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 75, SOUTH FLORIDA 66

In Hatford, Conn., Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and 20 rebounds to help Notre Dame (29-1) beat South Florida (21-10) in the Big East Women’s Tournament quarterfinals.

NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 94, DEPAUL 61

Breanna Stewart scored 21 points to lead a balanced offense as Connecticut (28-3) beat DePaul (21-11) in the Big East Tournament.

NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 62, ST. JOHN’S 55

Sara Hammond had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Louisville (24-7) beat St. John’s (18-12).

NO. 24 SYRACUSE 61, VILLANOVA 56

Kayla Alexander matched her career high with 34 points and No. 24 Syracuse withstood a rally to beat Villanova.

NO. 4 STANFORD 51, NO. 14 UCLA 49

In Seattle, Amber Orrange capped a career-high 20-point performance scoring on a spinning drive with 8.3 seconds left, and Stanford (31-2) won its seventh consecutivePac-12 Conference tournament title rallying past UCLA (25-7).

SAINT JOSEPH’S 61, NO. 11 DAYTON 54

In Philadelphia, Chatilla van Grinsven’s 19 points and 10 rebounds helped Saint Joseph’s (22-8) snap Dayton’s (27-2) 15-game winning streak in the Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals.


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