No. 6 Louisville edges No. 8 Marquette

Duke women win

Nation

March 02, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Andre McGee scored a season-high 16 points as No. 6 Louisville beat No. 8 Marquette, 62-58, yesterday to keep alive its hopes for a Big East title.

Terrence Williams added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the host Cardinals (23-5, 14-2), who have won five straight and can clinch at least a share of the regular-season title by winning their final two games.

Wesley Matthews led the Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) with 19 points.

No. 9 Michigan State 74, No. 20 Illinois 66: : The visiting Spartans (23-5, 13-3) won the Big Ten regular-season championship, holding off a late charge by the Illini (23-7, 11-6).

No. 15 Kansas 90, No. 11 Missouri 65:: Sherron Collins scored 25 points and had key assists during an early 18-1 run, and the Jayhawks (24-5, 13-1 Big 12) stretched their nation-best home-court winning streak to 40. Leo Lyons had 20 points, and DeMarre Carroll added 16 for the Tigers (24-5, 11-3), who had won seven in a row.

Top 25 women

No. 10 Duke 81, No. 9 North Carolina 79, OT: : Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points, and Abby Waner hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 45.8 seconds left in overtime for the host Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak against the Tar Heels (25-5, 10-4). North Carolina committed 33 turnovers.

No. 11 Florida State 58, Wake Forest 47: : Jacinta Monroe had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Seminoles (24-6, 12-2) finished with the same conference record as No. 5 Maryland, which has the tiebreaker and will be seeded first in the conference tournament. The Demon Deacons (18-10, 5-9) ended the regular season with four straight losses.

UCLA 71, No. 4 California 56: : Erica Tukiainen scored 18 of her career-high 25 points in the second half, and the host Bruins (17-10, 8-8 Pacific-10) knocked the Golden Bears (23-4, 14-2) out of a tie for first place in the conference with Stanford, which defeated Southern California, 85-74.

State women

William and Mary 61, Towson 50: : Shanae Baker-Brice scored 21 points for Towson, but the visiting Tigers (16-11, 8-9 Colonial Athletic Association) lost their second straight. "It was a tough game, and we struggle defensively against these types of teams," coach Joe Mathews said.

Muhlenberg 76, Johns Hopkins 55: : Freshman Alex Chili had 18 first-half points, and the Mules (24-3) beat the Blue Jays (14-13) to claim the Centennial Conference championship in Allentown, Pa. Lyndsay Burton and Kristin Phillips each had 12 points for Hopkins, which has faced Muhlenberg seven times in the title game.

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