Top-ranked Connecticut women double up Rutgers to clinch a share of league title

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STORRS, Conn. — Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley each scored 20 points to help No. 1 Connecticut remain unbeaten with a 72-35 victory over No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday.

The victory gave the Huskies (30-0, 17-0) at least a share of the American Ath­letic Conference regular-season title. The Huskies will play No. 3 Louisville on Monday with a chance to win the conference championship outright. If Louisville wins, a coin flip would determine the top seed for the conference tournament.

Connecticut held Rutgers (21-7, 12-5) scoreless for a period of 5 minutes, 20 seconds.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 75,

CINCINNATI 51

In Cincinnati, Tia Gibbs had 17 points and Louisville (28-2, 16-1 American Ath­letic Conference) pulled away from Cincinnati (12-16, 5-12) in the second half.

NO. 8 PENN STATE 77,

MICHIGAN 62

In State College, Pa., Ariel Edwards scored 21 points and Penn State (22-6, 13-3) beat Michigan (17-12, 8-8) to clinch a share of the Big Ten title for the third consecutive season.

NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 67,

KANSAS STATE 62

In Stillwater, Okla., Tiffany Bias scored 17 points in her final home game and Brittney Martin added 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State (22-6, 11-6 Big 12) held on in the last 3 minutes to defeat Kansas State (11-17, 5-12).

NO. 22 GONZAGA 81,

PACIFIC 77

In Spokane, Wash., Sunny Greinacher scored a career-high 24 points as Gonzaga (26-4, 16-2) held on to beat Pacific (17-11, 12-6) to close the regular season.

Lindsay Sherbert added 18 points, who wrapped up their 10th West Coast Confer­ence title.

NO. 23 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 68,

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 58

In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Ebony Rowe scored nine points in a late 12-0 run and finished with 22 as Middle Tennessee (25-4, 14-1) beat Alabama-Birmingham (15-12, 7-7) to win its sixth Conference USA title in a row.


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