Maya Moore's final Big East championship was the most gratifying of her outstanding career.
Moore, who has never lost in the conference tournament, scored 22 points to help No. 1 Connecticut beat 10th-ranked Notre Dame, 73-64, in Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday for the Huskies’ fourth consecutive Big East championship.
“It’s been definitely the most difficult year, but we have shown some resiliency,” she said. “I think overcoming some odds and being mentally tougher than people thought we’d be. Finding a way to win going through the regular season and being consistent enough to win all those games.”
Freshman Stefanie Dolson led the Huskies (32-1) with 24 points. Natalie Novosel scored 17 points for Notre Dame (26-7).
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South Dakota State 61, Oakland (Mich.) 54: Kristin Rotert made two free throws with 14 seconds left to lead the Jackrabbits (19-13) past the Golden Grizzlies (20-12) in the Summit League title game in Sioux Falls, S.D.
No. 21 Connecticut 97, DePaul 71: Kemba Walker scored 26 points and the Huskies (22-9) beat the Blue Demons (7-24) in New York to win a Big East tournament game for the first time in six years.
South Florida 70, Villanova 69: Anthony Crater scored on a driving layup with 5.1 seconds remaining, and a last-ditch shot by Maalik Wayns at the buzzer clanked off the rim, allowing the 15th-seeded Bulls to upset the Wildcats in the Big East tournament in New York.
Butler 59, at Wisconsin-Milwaukee 44: The Bulldogs, who stunned the college basketball world by reaching the NCAA title game last season, earned a tournament berth as Butler (23-9) beat the Panthers (19-13) for its third Horizon League tournament title in the past four years.
Oakland (Mich.) 90, Oral Roberts 76: Keith Benson scored 28 points and Reggie Hamilton had 26 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies (25-9) past the Golden Eagles (19-15 in the Summit League championship game in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Montana 57, Weber State 40: Will Cherry scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Brian Qvale added 16 points and 17 rebounds as the Grizzlies (21-9) beat the Wildcats (18-12) in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Greeley, Colo.
Stanford point guard Jeanette Pohlen was named Pacific-10 Conference women’s player of the year and Tara VanDerveer was named coach of the year. ... Montana State assistant men’s coach Brian Priebe resigned to take a job in the private sector in Bozeman. ... Duke guard Nolan Smith is the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and North Carolina’s Roy Williams was voted coach of the year. ...Forward Marcus Morris of Kansas was the overwhelming pick as The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year. ... Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough has been selected the Big East player of the year and coach Mike Brey was chosen as the league’s coach of the year. ... Fordham women’s coach Cathy Andruzzi will not return next season.