UConn women win big

No. 1 takes Big East title over Louisville, 75-36

Col. Basketball Nation

March 11, 2009|By From Sun news services

Maybe Connecticut will find some competition in the NCAA tournament, because the Big East tournament was a breeze for the top-ranked Huskies.

Maya Moore scored 28 points and Connecticut cruised to its 15th Big East tournament championship with a 75-36 victory over No. 5 Louisville last night in Hartford.

When the sensational sophomore walked off the floor with eight minutes left, she had single-handedly outscored Louisville 28-27. Moore was selected the tournament's most outstanding performer.

The Huskies (33-0) have won four of the past five conference tournament titles and enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten for the fourth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995 and 2002. In 1997, the Huskies lost to Tennessee in the regional final.

Connecticut's road to a sixth national championship will begin March 22 at home in Storrs as the Huskies host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

All-Big East forward Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) was held to nine points to lead Louisville (29-4). She averaged 33 in the first two tournament games and 24 for the season.

"They were everywhere," McCoughtry said. "Everywhere you went they were there. They were active and aggressive."


Big East: : Paris Horne scored 23 points and St. John's (16-16) beat Georgetown (16-14), 64-59, in the first round of the conference tournament in New York, the Red Storm's first win in the event since 2003. Chris Wright had 14 points for the 12th-seeded Hoyas (16-14), who were ranked as high as No. 9 in the country this season but have lost 11 of their past 15 games. ... After going 0-18 in the conference, DePaul (9-23) defeated Cincinnati (18-14), 67-57, in the first round to avoid the most losses in a season in school history. ... Tory Jackson scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame (18-13) to a 61-50 victory over Rutgers (11-21). ... Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points to lead Seton Hall (17-14) to a 68-54 victory over South Florida (9-22).

MEAC: : Lamar Twitty scored 20 points, helping Florida A&M (10-20) beat Howard (8-22) in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Rattlers will play top-seeded Morgan State in tonight's quarterfinals.

Summit:: Ben Woodside made a jumper with three seconds left to give top-seeded North Dakota State (26-6) a 66-64 win over No. 3 seed Oakland (Mich.) (22-12) in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the league title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Horizon: : Cedric Jackson scored 19 points and Cleveland State (25-10) used a flurry of three-pointers to beat No. 16 Butler (26-5), 57-54, winning its first NCAA tournament berth since 1986.

Big Sky: : Braden Johnson made four three-pointers while scoring 16 points as Montana State (14-16) upset top-seeded Weber State (21-9), 70-61, in the tournament semifinals in Ogden, Utah. ... In the other semifinal, Andre Murray scored 21 points and Portland State (22-9) held off Idaho State (13-19), 61-53.

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