Monday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 22 points and Kelly Faris added 19 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 75-51 win over Rutgers on Monday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
UConn (31-1) has won 19 straight games since losing to Stanford on Dec. 30 to snap the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak. It will be the 21st time in the past 23 seasons that they are in the championship game.
Coming off one of the worst offensive games of her career, Moore took only four minutes to eclipse the season-low six points she had against Georgetown.
Rutgers (19-12) had no answer for the three-time All-American. She helped break open a tight game, hitting two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run.
The Huskies will play third seed Notre Dame in the championship game Tuesday night.
No. 5 Xavier 67, Dayton 60
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Ta’Shia Phillips scored 26 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:31 to play.
Xavier, which won the A10 tourney title for the fourth time in five years, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney, the Musketeers’ fourth straight trip.
Special Jennings had 17 points and Amber Harris overcame a rough shooting day to score 12 for Xavier (28-2).
Justine Raterman led the Flyers (21-11) with 19 points and Kristin Daugherty had 12.
After Raterman’s jumper tied it 60 with 2 minutes left, Phillips, who went 11 of 19 from the floor, scored in the lane. Harris then hit the first of two free throws before the Musketeers got the rebound on the miss.
No. 10 Notre Dame 71, No. 9 DePaul 67
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Skylar Diggins scored 19 points to put the Fighting Irish in the Big East tournament title game.
The Irish will face top-seeded Connecticut on Tuesday night for the championship in a rematch of the famous 2001 final in which Sue Bird hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Huskies.
Notre Dame (26-6) hasn’t been back to the title game since.
Trailing 65-64 with 1:43 left, Diggins hit a lay-in to give the Irish a one-point lead. After Sam Quigley missed a lay-in, Diggins found Natalie Achonwa for a basket to make it 68-65.
Keisha Hampton got DePaul (27-6) within one with 27.6 left.
No. 20 Gonzaga 72, Saint Mary’s 46
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot showed that she was worthy of the Naismith Award with 18 points, 16 assists and even a blocked shot.
The Bulldogs (28-4) now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago.
Saint Mary’s (19-12) likely is headed to the women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Vandersloot early Monday was chosen winner of the Naismith Award as the top female collegian 5-foot-8 and under.