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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims scored 25 points each and top-ranked Baylor used a late run to hold off No. 17 Texas A&M for a 69-62 win on Monday night.
Baylor (30-0, 17-0 Big 12) led by one point before going on a 6-0 run that was aided unintentionally by an official. Griner made a jump shot before Kimetria Hayden knocked the ball out of Alexia Standish's hands. With the ball almost sure to go out of bounds, it bounced off an official and remained on the court, setting up a layup by Sims before Hayden added a basket to make it 67-60 with 1:39 remaining.
The Lady Bears have matched the 2009-2010 Nebraska team for the best start in conference history and have their second straight 30-win season.
Tyra White's 14 points led A&M (20-8, 11-6).
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 72, NO. 4 CONNECTIUT 59
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Natalie Novosel scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins added 20 to help Notre Dame win the Big East regular season title.
It's Notre Dame's first outright conference title. The Fighting Irish shared the regular season championship with UConn in 2001 before going on to win the national title.
The Irish (28-2, 15-1) had already clinched the top seed in the Big East tournament that begins Friday by virtue of the conference's tiebreaker. The Huskies (26-4, 13-3) fell to third in the conference, losing the tiebreaker to St. John's, which ended UConn's 99-game home winning streak on Feb. 18.
Tiffany Hayes scored 22 points and Stefanie Dolson added 18 for UConn, which has now lost consecutive games at home for the first time in 19 years.
NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 54, NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amber Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds and St. John's used its advantage on the boards to beat Georgetown.
The Red Storm (21-8, 13-3 Big East) outrebounded Georgetown 44-31, including 21-16 in the second half.
St. John's trailed 27-25 at halftime and held the Hoyas (22-7, 11-5) to just 6-of-30 shooting in the second half.
Georgetown led 36-32 with 9:25 remaining and turned it over twice, leading to four points during an 8-0 run by the Red Storm. Briana Brown connected on a pair of free throws to cap it with 7:08 to play.
Da'Shena Stevens, Shenneika Smith and Brown scored 12 points each for the Red Storm, who won their eighth in a row.
Sugar Rodgers led Georgetown with 13 points.
NO. 20 LOUISVILLE 63, SETON HALL 53
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Shawnta' Dyer scored a career-high 22 points as Louisville closed its regular season by beating Seton Hall.
The redshirt freshman made 9 of 10 shots and got 16 of her points in the second half, when the Cardinals (21-8, 10-6 Big East) led by as many as 18 points with 12 minutes remaining. Dyer also had eight rebounds.
Becky Burke added 17 points and Asia Taylor tied a career high with 12 rebounds for Louisville, which has a first-round bye in the Big East tournament.
Jasmine Crew, in her final home game for the Pirates (8-22, 1-15), scored 20 points, including 10 in the final 9:36. Seton Hall got to 59-53 with 52 seconds left after a jumper by Alexis Brown, but Louisville sealed it with four free throws.
Terry Green added 15 points for Seton Hall.
NO. 23 RUTGERS 69, MARQUETTE 58
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — April Sykes scored 20 points and Khadijah Rushdan had a double-double to help Rutgers extend its perfect record in the all-time series to 9-0.
Monique Oliver added 17 points for the Scarlet Knights (21-8, 10-6 Big East), while Rushdan had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rutgers, which finished in sixth place in the conference, has a first-round bye in this week's Big East tournament.
The teams were fairly close in the first half, with the Scarlet Knights taking a 35-30 lead into the break. But Oliver and Sykes combined to score the first nine points of the second half as Rutgers opened the period on a 9-0 run that put the game out of reach.
Arlesia Morse had 19 points to pace the Golden Eagles (13-16, 4-12).
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