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Women’s Top 25 Capsules: UConn routs Cincinnati, improves to 100-0 in AAC

Connecticut's Azura Stevens, right, is hit by Cincinnati's Shanice Johnson while driving to the basket during Monday’s game. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Azura Stevens, right, is hit by Cincinnati's Shanice Johnson while driving to the basket during Monday’s game. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Azura Stevens scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to a 75-21 rout of Cincinnati in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Monday night.

Napheesa Collier added 13 points for the Huskies (31-0), who have now won 100 games against AAC opponents without a loss since the league began play in 2013.

UConn led from the start and used a 38-0 run that stretched from the first quarter into the third to put the game away.

Andeija Puckett had five points for Cincinnati, which fell to 19-12.

The Huskies played without All-American forward Gabby Williams, who tweaked a long-standing hip injury in the Huskies’ quarterfinal win over Tulane.

They didn’t need her.

(2) Baylor 77, (8) Texas 69

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kalani Brown scored 20 points to help Baylor beat Texas in the Big 12 championship game.

Brown, a 6-foot-7 center, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 24.7 points in three games.

Freshman point guard Alexis Morris scored 19 points for Baylor. She stepped in as a starter after senior point guard Kristy Wallace, an all-conference selection, tore her right ACL in the regular-season finale. Lauren Cox had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Dekeiya Cohen added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bears (31-1), who won their 28th straight game.

Baylor had won six straight tournament titles before losing last year’s championship game to West Virginia.

Lashann Higgs scored 20 points, Brooke McCarty scored 16 and Ariel Atkins and Jatarie White each added 12 for Texas (26-6).

(19) South Florida 74, UCF 59

Kitija Laksa scored 20 points and Laura Ferreira added 17 to lead South Florida to a win over rival UCF in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Maria Jespersen chipped in with 12 for the Bulls (26-6), who advanced to the conference final for the fourth straight season. Their three previous trips have ended in losses to UConn, which the the Bulls will face in the finals.

Zakiya Saunders had 20 points to lead UCF (21-10).

(22) Green Bay 66, Youngstown State 45

DETROIT – Jessica Lindstrom scored 17 points and set a program Division I record with 1,000 career rebounds and Green Bay reached the Horizon League championship game for the eighth-straight season with a victory over Youngstown State.

Youngstown State led by two points at the break but Karly Murphy scored six straight points to cap a second-half opening 8-0 run for Green Bay. After YSU scored its first basket of the second half at the 3:31 mark, Lindstrom opened and closed a 13-2 run with 3-pointers to make it 47-33 entering the fourth quarter. A 7-0 run to start the final frame made it a 21-point lead.

Allie Leclaire added 16 points, Jen Wellnitz, the league’s defensive player of the year, chipped in a season-high 14 points for top-seeded Green Bay (28-3).

Sarah Cash led No. 5 seed Youngstown State (16-15) with 12 points to become YSU’s 20th member of the 1,000-point club.


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