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COLLEGE ROUNDUP Women's Top 25



Published: Fri, March 14, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 1 Connecticut 71, Virginia Tech 54

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Diana Taurasi scored 18 points and Maria Conlon hit two big second-half 3-pointers as Connecticut won its 70th straight game in the Big East Conference tournament semifinals. Jessica Moore added 14 points as the Huskies (31-0) moved within a game of capturing their 10th consecutive conference tournament title. Connecticut will play Villanova tonight for the title. Ieva Kublina had 16 points to lead Virginia Tech (21-9), which was playing its third game in as many nights.

No. 2 Duke 77, No. 11 North Carolina 59

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Iciss Tillis scored all 21 of her points in the second half and added 10 rebounds, and Alana Beard had 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Duke became the first women's team in ACC history to win four consecutive tournament titles. Duke (31-1) won its 43rd consecutive ACC game, ran through the league undefeated for the second straight season and matched the Duke men (1999-2002) as the only conference teams to win four straight titles. To do so, the Blue Devils beat North Carolina (27-5) for the ninth straight time in a rematch of last season's final. Coretta Brown scored 18 points for North Carolina and Candace Sutton added 10.

No. 9 Stanford 59, No. 21 Arizona 49

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tournament MVP Nicole Powell scored 13 of her 19 points in the first eight minutes as Stanford (26-4) opened up an early lead to defeat Arizona in the championship game of the Pac-10 tournament. Dee-Dee Wheeler led No. 3 seed Arizona (22-8) with 13 points. Stanford mixed up its defense to make it difficult for 6-foot-5 freshman of the year Shawntinice Polk to get the ball inside. Polk finished with a season-low five points, 12 below her average, to go with nine rebounds. It was just the second time in 30 games Polk didn't score in double figures.

No. 18 Villanova 65, Miami 59

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Trish Juhline scored 28 points and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:31 to play as Villanova advanced to its first Big East Conference tournament title game since 1987. Courtney Mix finished off a 19-point game by hitting two game-clinching free throws with 18.1 seconds to play to help the third-seeded Wildcats (24-5). Tamara James had 18 points to lead seventh-seeded Miami (18-12).

-- Associated Press




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