Texas A&M shocks Nebraska
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nebraska's unbeaten season finally came to an end. Now the Cornhuskers will try and regroup for the NCAA tournament.
Danielle Adams scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and 11th-ranked Texas A&M handed No. 3 Nebraska its first loss of the season with an 80-70 upset in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament yesterday.
"They definitely beat us in all facets of the game today," said Nebraska coach Connie Yori, who will still hope for a No. 1 seed for the Huskers (30-1) when the NCAA field is announced tomorrow.
Nebraska had been the first team to run through the Big 12 regular season unbeaten and was bidding to become just the 12th team to make it to the NCAA tournament undefeated. But instead the Aggies advanced to the Big 12 title game for the third year in a row.
"If you would have told me we would have been 30-1 at this point of the year, I would have said you're crazy," said leading scorer Kelsey Griffin, who was saddled by foul trouble and scored only 15 points in the loss. "I'm still extremely excited with what we've been able to accomplish, and I know the most exciting part of our year is just going to be starting on Monday."
Adaora Elonu had 18 points and Tyra White had 13 for the Aggies (24-7).
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 74, NO. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 69
Danielle Robinson made four free throws and Amanda Thompson hit two free throws, all in the final 38 seconds as the Sooners (23-9) held off the Cowgirls (23-10) to advance to the Big 12 tournament title game.
VERMONT 55, NO. 21 HARTFORD 50
Courtney Pilypaitis scored 20 points and the Catamounts (26-6) earned a berth in the NCAA tournament with an upset of the Hawks (27-4) in the America East final at West Hartford, Conn.
BIG SKY CONFERENCE
PORTLAND STATE 62, MONTANA STATE 58
Claire Faucher scored 26 points on a Big Sky tournament record eight 3-pointers to lift the Vikings (18-14) over the Bobcats (18-14) to earn their first trip to the NCAA tournament.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE
UC RIVERSIDE 71, UC DAVIS 67
Amber Cox scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Highlanders (17-15) over the top-seeded Aggies (21-10) in the championship game of the Big West Conference tournament at Anaheim, Calif.
BOWLING GREEN 62, TOLEDO 53
Lauren Prochaska scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Falcons (27-6) over the Rockets (24-8) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for their 10th Mid-American Conference title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
HAMPTON 57, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 46
Melanie Warner had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pirates (20-11) past the Bulldogs (14-19) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship game at Winston-Salem, N.C.
NORTHERN IOWA 61, ILLINOIS STATE 59
Lizzie Boeck scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer for a 60-59 lead with 1:10 left, and Erin Brocka added 14 points, including a free throw with eight ticks left as the Panthers (16-15) upset the Redbirds (24-7) to advance to the finals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at St. Charles, Mo.
CREIGHTON 76, WICHITA STATE 59
Sam Schuett scored 17 points and the Blue Jays (19-9) raced to a 24-8 lead and never looked back in cruising past the Shockers (17-13) and into the tournament final.
SAN DIEGO STATE 70, UTAH 60
Quenese Davis scored 22 points and Jene Morris scored six of her 21 points in the extra period as the Aztecs (21-10) beat the Utes (22-11) to win the Mountain West Conference title at Las Vegas.
No. 2 Stanford 64, California 44: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the top-seeded Cardinal (30-1) never trailed in routing the Bears (18-12) in Los Angeles to reach the Pacific-10 tournament championship game every year since it started in 2002.
NO. 23 UCLA 59, SOUTHERN CAL 53
Darxia Morris scored 16 points and Doreena Campbell made four free throws in the final 19.1 seconds to preserve the Bruins' (24-7) semifinal victory over the Trojans (19-12).
LEHIGH 58, AMERICAN 42
Alex Ross scored 13 points and the Mountain Hawks (29-3) beat the Eagles (22-9) at Bethlehem, Pa., for the Patriot League title and their second straight trip to the women's NCAA tournament.
SOUTHERN 60, ALABAMA STATE 47
Ashley Augerson scored 19 points, Hannah Kador added 15, and the Jaguars (23-8) held the Lady Hornets (13-17) scoreless for 13 minutes in winning the Southwest Athletic Conference championship at Bossier City, La.