No. 18 Gonzaga women reach WCC tourney final

March 11, 2014 

Haiden Palmer scored 16 points as the No. 18 Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the Saint Mary’s Gaels 68-60 Monday to advance to the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament.

Gonzaga (28-4) will look to win its fifth WCC tournament championship in six years when it faces No. 2 seed BYU (26-5), which defeated Pacific 77-64 on Tuesday.

Shelby Cheslek had 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench and scored 14 points in the first half.

Senior Jackie Nared had 29 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Mary’s (22-9).

WOMEN’S TOP 25

No. 1 UConn 72, No. 3 Louisville 52: Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and the Huskies (34-0) beat the Cardinals (30-4) to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament in Uncasville, Conn. With the victory, UConn became the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss.

No. 9 Baylor 74, No. 7 West Virginia 71: Odyssey Sims and Niya Johnson scored 19 points apiece, Sune Agbuke collected 10 rebounds and the Bears (29-4) rallied late to beat the Mountaineers (29-4) to win the Big 12 Conference title in Oklahoma City. Both teams also finished 16-2 in the conference.

No. 23 DePaul 100, Marquette 90: Jasmine Penny made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 26 points as the top-seeded Blue Demons (26-6) defeated the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (21-10) in Chicago to advance to face No. 2 seed St. John’s in the title game of the Big East Conference tournament on Tuesday.

OTHER WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT FINALS

Sydney Coffey scored 23 points, Casey Dulin added 14 points and seven assists and Marist (27-6) beat Quinnipiac (21-12) 70-66 after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the first half to win its ninth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in Springfield, Mass. … Alex Black scored 22 points and Chattanooga (29-3) defeated Davidson (16-16) 71-45 in Asheville, N.C., for its second consecutive Southern Conference tournament championship. … Shereesha Richards had 26 points, Sarah Royals added 19 points and eight assists, and top-seeded Albany (28-4) beat No. 2 seed Stony Brook (24-8) 70-46 in Albany, N.Y., to win the America East title.

MEN’S TOURNEY FINALS

Carl Baptiste scored a career-high 24 points, including a go-ahead layup with 10 seconds remaining, and top-seeded Delaware (25-9) squeezed past William & Mary (20-12) 75-74 to win the Colonial Athletic Association title and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. … George Beamon collected 16 points and eight rebounds as Manhattan (25-7) knocked off Iona (22-10) 71-68 to win the MAAC title in Springfield, Mass. … Karl Cochran scored 23 points and Wofford (20-12) held off Western Carolina (19-15) 56-53 in Asheville, N.C., to win the Southern Conference title.

FLORIDA, WICHITA STATE REMAIN 1-2 IN AP POLL

Florida and unbeaten Wichita State are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third consecutive week.

Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth. Louisville jumped from 11th to fifth, followed by Virginia and Duke. San Diego State and Michigan tied for eighth, and Kansas was 10th.

Kentucky dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season.

Connecticut stayed No. 1 in the women’s poll with Notre Dame No. 2 and Louisville third.

FASTBREAKS

Kansas coach Bill Self said he expects center Joel Embiid (back) to play in the NCAA tournament. … San Diego State’s Steve Fisher was named Mountain West coach of the year, with Aztecs guard Xavier Thames earning player of the year. … Seton Hall guard Fuquan Edwin was honored as the Big East’s defensive player of the year, with Marquette forward Davante Gardner the conference’s top sixth man. … Jason Capel has been let go after four seasons as men’s basketball coach at Appalachian State. … Santa Clara women’s basketball coach Jennifer Mountain will not return for her seventh season.

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