Danielle Adams had 22 points while No. 11 Texas A&M forced Kelsey Griffin to the bench with early foul trouble and spoiled No. 3 Nebraska’s unbeaten season with an 80-70 victory Saturday in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Nebraska was bidding to become just the 12th team to make it to the NCAA tournament unbeaten. Griffin, the Big 12 player of the year and catalyst behind the only undefeated regular season in Big 12 history, had three fouls at halftime and got saddled with her fourth early in the second half.
With the 6-foot-2 senior sitting long-faced on the bench for several minutes at a stretch, the Huskers (30-1) could not stop their school-record winning streak from coming to an end.
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Top-ranked UConn (33-0) is the only unbeaten team heading to the NCAA tournament.
No. 2 Stanford 64, California 44
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Stanford routed Cal in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Conference tournament.
The Bears also lost leading scorer Alexis Gray-Lawson, who was taken away on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on her head with 5 minutes left. With Cal trailing by 26, Gray-Lawson landed backwards and her head hit the court after she her shot was blocked by Michelle Harrison. The senior lay motionless on the court for about 15 minutes before being taken away. She was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
She was averaging 17.9 points coming into the game for the Bears (18-13).
The top-seeded Cardinal never trailed and has reached the tournament championship game every year since it started in 2002.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude added 10 points for Stanford (30-1).
No. 12 Oklahoma 74, No. 20 Oklahoma State 69
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danielle Robinson and Amanda Thompson hit big free throws in the final seconds, lifting Oklahoma past Oklahoma State and sending the Sooners into the Big 12 title game against Texas A&M.
Andrea Riley, Oklahoma State’s streaky 5-foot-5 senior, made six of her first seven shots but missed her last nine and wound up with 32 points – giving her a tournament-record 112 in just three games.
The victory gave the Sooners (23-9) a three-game season sweep of the Cowgirls (23-10) and pits them against an Aggies team that handed Nebraska its first loss of the season in the other semifinal. A&M and Oklahoma split two games in the regular season.
Robinson had 19 points for the Sooners, Thompson 17 and Nyeshia Stevenson 15.
Vermont 55, No. 21 Hartford 50
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Courtney Pilypaitis scored 20 points and Vermont earned a berth in the NCAA tournament with an upset win over Hartford.
Alissa Sheftic added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Catamounts (26-6), who have won 10 of their last 11 games to secure their second consecutive America East title. Vermont’s only loss in that string came to Hawks in the regular-season finale, 61-51 on Feb. 27.
But Hartford had to play this one without senior leader Erica Beverly, who suffered a season-ending tear to the ACL in her right knee in a semifinal win over Stony Brook. Diana Delva had 18 points for Hartford (27-4), which had won 20 games in a row, and went undefeated through the conference’s regular season.
No. 23 UCLA 59, Southern Cal 53
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Darxia Morris scored 16 points and UCLA held on to beat Southern California in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
Jasmine Dixon had 10 points and 12 rebounds while Markel Walker had 15 points and eight rebounds for UCLA (24-7), which advanced to play top-seeded Stanford for the championship on Sunday. It will be the Bruins second trip to the tournament finals.
The second-seeded Bruins, making their sixth appearance in the semifinals, missed 11 free throw attempts. But Doreena Campbell made four in the final 19.1 seconds to preserve the win.
USC scored its final basket when Heather Oliver made a 3-pointer putting the Trojans ahead 53-51 with 4:29 left.
Ashley Corral led the third-seeded Trojans (19-12) with 15 points and Aarika Hughes added 12.