women’s college basketball | Saturday’s games
No. 13 Ohio State 90, Minnesota 88
Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points, Stephanie Mavunga had 26 points, a Big Ten Conference Tournament record 21 rebounds and seven blocks, and No. 13 Ohio State used a late run to edge fourth-seeded Minnesota in a semifinal game. The top-seeded Buckeyes didn’t secure a spot in the championship game until Carlie Wagner’s 12-foot jumper from the right of the lane bounced off the rim as time expired. A basket by Kenisha Bell gave the Golden Gophers (23-8) an 85-79 lead with 4:40 to play. Bell finished with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Wagner had 26 points and Hubbard scored 20.
No. 2 Mississippi State 70, No. 15 Texas A&M 55
Victoria Vivians scored 22 points and second-ranked Mississippi State remained in position to add a Southeastern Conference Tournament title to its regular-season championship, beating No. 15 Texas A&M in the semifinals. Teaira McGowan matched her season-low with only six points for the Bulldogs, but she grabbed 13 rebounds. Morgan William added 15 points, and Roshunda Johnson had 13. Chennedy Carter, the SEC freshman of the year, led the Aggies with 27 points.
No. 3 Baylor 83, Kansas State 54
Kalani Brown scored 26 points to help No. 3 Baylor beat Kansas State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Brown, a 6-foot-7 center who was named Big 12 Player of the Year earlier in the week, had 13 rebounds. Dekeiya Cohen scored 19 points, and Juicy Landrum added 14 for the Lady Bears (29-1). Kayla Goth scored 24 points, and Peyton Williams added 10 for Kansas State (16-15). Baylor advanced to play TCU on Sunday. TCU beat Oklahoma 90-83 in the first quarterfinal.
No. 4 Louisville 64, No. 23 N.C. State 59
Sam Fuehring scored 15 points to help No. 4 Louisville hold off No. 23 North Carolina State the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. The top-seeded Cardinals (31-2) led by eight midway through the fourth quarter, but needed some key baskets to stay in control. ACC player of the year Asia Durr had a second straight quiet game with nine points for Louisville. Chelsea Nelson scored 20 points for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-8).
No. 5 Notre Dame 90, No. 11 Florida State 80
Marina Mabrey scored a season-high 27 points to help No. 5 Notre Dame rally past No. 11 Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. The second-seeded Fighting Irish (29-2) rallied from eight down in the third quarter in their pursuit of a record-tying fifth straight tournament title. Arike Ogunbowale scored 14 of her 20 points in the final 10 minutes. Shakayla Thomas scored 24 points for the third-seeded Seminoles (25-6).
No. 7 Texas 81, Iowa State 69
Ariel Atkins scored 25 points and No. 7 Texas beat Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals. Jatarie White had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Brooke McCarty added 12 points and seven assists to help the Longhorns (25-5) advance. Emily Durr and Bridget Carleton each scored 25 points for the Cyclones. The Longhorns held Iowa State to 10 points in the period on 3-for-16 shooting and expanded their lead to 42-27.
No. 8 South Carolina 71, No. 19 Georgia 49
A’ja Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 8 South Carolina rout No. 19 Georgia to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship for the fourth straight year. Doniyah Cliney and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan added 14 points apiece for South Carolina. Mackenzie Engram led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Georgia scored the first four points of the game and led 8-4 on a pair of free throws by Taja Cole with 6:12 left.
No. 17 Maryland 66, Nebraska 53
Brianna Fraser scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Eleanna Christinaki had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help No. 17 Maryland beat Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. No. 2 seed Maryland (25-6) will play top-seeded No. 13 Ohio State in the championship game Sunday. Janay Morton led the Huskers with 15 points. Kaila Charles had 14 points and Ieshia Small added 13 for Maryland.
No. 21 Green Bay 62, Northern Kentucky 49
Allie LeClaire scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, Jessica Lindstrom a double-double and No. 21 Green Bay pulled away from Northern Kentucky for a win in the Horizon League quarterfinals. After eighth-seeded Northern Kentucky (9-22) scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, but the Phoenix took charge behind LeClaire who had 10 points in a closing 17-7 run. Molly Glick matched Lindstrom’s four 3s and scored 16 for NKU.
No. 22 Belmont 63, UT Martin 56, OT
Julie McCabe had 19 points and 10 rebounds and No. 22 Belmont hit two 3-pointers in the last 15 seconds of regulation before pulling away in overtime to beat Tennessee-Martin to win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and became the first team to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Tournament. Kylee Smith and Maggard both scored 15 points as the Bruins ran their winning streak to a school record 22 games. Janekia Mason had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Skyhawks (19-14).