Collier leads No. 2 UConn to 6th straight AAC tourney title

              Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, second from top left, and Napheesa Collier, second from top right, hold the American Athletic Conference (AAC) women's tournament championship trophy presented by associate commissioner for women's basketball Barbara Jacobs, top left, and AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, right, after defeating UCF in an NCAA college basketball game in the AAC women's tournament finals, Monday, March 11, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kalani Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor defeat No. 13 Iowa State 67-49 on Monday night in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.

Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior center, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Chloe Jackson scored 16 points and Lauren Cox added 14 for the Lady Bears (31-1), who outscored the Cyclones 19-5 in the fourth quarter. It was Baylor’s 10th Big 12 title overall and ninth in the past 11 years.

Alexa Middleton led Iowa State (25-8) with 18 points while Bridget Carleton, the Big 12 Player of the Year, was held to 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting.

NO. 2 UCONN 66, UCF 45

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Napheesa Collier scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and UConn beat UCF to win its sixth straight American Athletic Conference Tournament championship.

Christyn Williams had 13 points and Crystal Dangerfield added 12 for the Huskies (31-2), who improved to 120-0 against AAC opponents since the league was formed in 2013.

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who started her fourth straight game in place of injured All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, had seven points and 11 rebounds. Collier was named tournament MVP.

Lawriell Wilson scored 12 points off the bench for UCF (26-6), which has won more games than any other team in program history.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zykera Rice’s last-second layup in overtime lifted Gonzaga past Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

The win came at a cost as the Zags lost Laura Stockton and Jill Townsend to leg injuries. Stockton went down early in the third quarter and Townsend in the second overtime.

Rice finished with 21 points to lead the Zags (28-3), who will play BYU for the title on Tuesday. Townsend had 19 before getting hurt.

Madeline Holland scored 20 points to lead Saint Mary’s (20-11), which had a chance to win at the end of regulation and in overtime, but Gonzaga got stops both times.


CHICAGO (AP) — Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton each scored 23 points to help Marquette beat Georgetown and advance to its third straight Big East Tournament title game.

Top-seeded Marquette (26-6) hit 12 3-pointers, setting a program record in the conference tournament. Hiedeman, the unanimous Big East player of the year, made five 3-pointers and Blockton had 10 rebounds.

Dorothy Adomako led Georgetown (16-15) with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Dionna White added 16 points.