Connecticut women rout Louisville, win inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament.

With the victory, UConn (34-0) became the 14th team to enter the NCAA Tournament without a loss. It’s the sixth time that the Huskies have accomplished that feat. They’ve gone on to win the national championship four of those years.

UConn got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game. Louisville trailed 28-20 with 6 minutes left in the first half before Stewart took over.

Her three-point play started a 12-2 run to close the half. Stewart, the tournament’s MVP, had seven points during the burst as UConn led 40-22 at the break.

Louisville (30-4) scored the first five points in second half, but could get no closer because of Stewart and the Huskies.

Bria Hartley added 16 points and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies, who have won 40 games in a row.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

CHATTANOOGA 71, DAVIDSON 45

In Asheville, N.C., Alex Black scored 22 points, and Chattanooga beat Davidson (16-16) to win the league title and clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Taylor Hall, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, added 12 points and seven rebounds. Reserves Faith Dupree and Ka’Vonne Towns each had 10 points as Chattanooga won its sixth conference tournament title in the past nine years.

The Lady Mocs (29-3) enter the NCAA Tournament with a 24-game winning streak.

METRO ATLANTIC

ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

MARIST 70, QUINNIPIAC 66

In Springfield, Mass., Sydney Coffey scored 23 points to lead Marist past Quinnipiac, giving the Red Foxes their ninth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and another NCAA Tournament berth.

Casey Dulin added 14 points for Marist (25-6), which overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half.

Brittany McQuain had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Samantha Guastella added 16 points for Quinnipiac
(21-12).

NORTH CAROLINA: Former Washington County star Allisha Gray was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team Monday.

Gray is second on the team at 14.3 points per game and ranks third in the league in 3-point shooting at 42.3 percent.


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