Victoria McGowan threw up a desperation shot from 55 feet away that went through the net just before the buzzer to give No. 2 seed Stetson a 48-46 victory over Belmont on Friday in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semifinals in Macon, Ga.
Sixth-seeded Belmont (12-19), which was looking for a big upset to reach the tournament championship under first-year coach Brittney Ezell, took a 46-45 lead on Shaunda Strayhorn’s three-point play with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Tierra Brown inbounded the ball for Stetson (19-12). McGowan caught the ball, dribbled and heaved up a shot that hit only the net as it went through. Officials reviewed the play, then ruled the 3-pointer was good, setting off the Hatters’ celebration.
Stetson will meet Jacksonville (16-16) in the championship game today.
TOP 25 WOMEN
No. 4 Tennessee 92, Florida 75: Glory Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Vols (29-2) into today’s Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals in Nashville, Tenn.
No. 8 Duke 79, Wake Forest 50: Richa Jackson scored a season-high 15 points as the Blue Devils (27-3) opened defense of their Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title in Greensboro, N.C.
No. 10 Miami 93, N.C. State 85: Shenise Johnson had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes (27-3) into the ACC quarterfinals.
No. 11 Michigan State 56, Northwestern 25: Porsche Poole scored 11 points, and the Spartans (26-4) had a record-setting defensive performance in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis.
Georgia Tech 70, No. 13 Maryland 64: Lincoln High School product Alex Montgomery scored 17 points, including a key three-point play down the stretch, to help the Yellow Jackets (23-9) upset the Terrapins (23-7) in the ACC quarterfinals.
No. 19 North Carolina 78, No. 14 Florida State 65: Kaura Broomfield had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (24-7) race past the Seminoles (23-7) in the ACC quarterfinals.
No. 16 Kentucky 60, LSU 58: A’dia Mathies converted a three-point play with 38.8 seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats (23-7) in the SEC quarterfinals.
No. 21 Marist 61, Saint Peter’s 33: Erica Allenspach scored all 16 of her points in the first half, and the Red Foxes (28-2) ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 games in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals in Bridgeport, Conn.
Ohio State 71, No. 24 Iowa 61: Brittany Johnson tied career highs with 23 points and seven 3-pointers to help the Buckeyes (20-9) upset the Hawkeyes (22-8) in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
MANNING’S DAD DIES
Ed Manning, a former Kansas assistant basketball coach and father of current assistant coach and former Jayhawks star Danny Manning, has died. He was 68.
The university said Ed Manning died Friday at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The cause of death wasn’t specified, but the university said he had a long-standing heart condition.
Ed Manning played for Baltimore, Chicago and Portland in the NBA and Carolina, New York and Indiana in the ABA. The former Jackson State forward was an assistant under Larry Brown at Kansas from 1984 through 1988 – the year Danny Manning’s Jayhawks team won the NCAA championship.
Maya Moore won her third Big East player of the year award, averaging 23.4 points and 7.8 rebounds for top-ranked Connecticut (29-1). UConn coach Geno Auriemma claimed his fourth straight conference coach of the year honor and 10th overall.