Baylor women claim Big 12 title

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DALLAS — Brittney Griner scored 31 points and top-ranked Baylor won its third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship, rolling past No. 23 Iowa State 75-47 Monday night.

Griner, already a two-time All-American, had 23 points by halftime, outscoring Iowa State by 10 on her own. Odyssey Sims added 20 points for Baylor.

Anna Prins had 20 points for the Cyclones (23-8) in their first Big 12 title game since 2007.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 83,
NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 59

In Hartford, Conn., Kayla McBride scored 17 points and Skylar Diggins added 14 to help Notre Dame beat Louisville in the semifinals.

Notre Dame advanced to the championship game for the third year in a row and its seventh since joining the conference in 1995.

The top-seeded Irish extended a school record with their 25th win in a row.

NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 64,
NO. 22 SYRACUSE 51

Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points to lead UConn into the Big East tournament championship game.

The Huskies will face Notre Dame tonight for the title. The teams have met in the conference championship game six times, including the past two, and UConn has won each time.

However, Notre Dame has won six of the past seven meetings since losing to the Huskies in the 2011 Big East title game and also won a thrilling triple-overtime game against the Huskies last Monday night.

Kayla Alexander scored 14 to lead the Orange (24-7).

WEST COAST CONFERENCE

GONZAGA 62, SAN DIEGO 50

In Las Vegas, Haiden Palmer scored 18 points, Taelor Karr added 14 and Gonzaga earned its fifth NCAA tournament berth in a row.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

CHATTANOOGA 64,
DAVIDSON 63

In Asheville, N.C., Kayla Christopher scored off an offensive rebound with 8.2 seconds left to lift Chattanooga to the Southern Conference championship and a trip back to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 53, ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 48

In Hot Springs, Ark., Ebony Rowe had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Mid­dle Tennessee reach the NCAA tournament for the fifth season in a row and its first
conference title since 2010.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

MARIST 72, IONA 48

In Springfield, Mass., Elizabeth Beynnon scored 15 points to help Marist win its eighth consecutive tournament conference title and another trip to the NCAA tournament.


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