Women’s basketball roundup: Williams returns and UConn wins AAC title

Connecticut's Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse, right, kiss the American Athletic Conference championship trophy after an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the final of the conference's women's tournament, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams scored 19 points to lead No. 1 UConn to a 70-54 victory over 19th-ranked South Florida on Tuesday in the American Athletic Conference championship.

Williams returned to the Huskies’ lineup after sitting out the semifinals to rest a hip injury she tweaked on Sunday. The senior forward has been dealing with the hip injury all season. She had UConn’s first basket after stealing the ball near midcourt. Williams also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals before exiting the game for good with just under 6 minutes left. Just before she left, Williams landed hard after scoring a basket.

This was the fourth straight year that these teams met for the AAC title. South Florida had lost the first three meetings by an average of 32 points and has never beaten UConn in 26 all-time meetings. Then again, no one has beaten the Huskies in the conference since league play began in 2013. The Huskies are 101-0.

Big East

DePaul 98, Marquette 63

CHICAGO (AP) — Amarah Coleman scored a career-high 27 points and No. 2 seed DePaul routed top-seeded Marquette for the Big East Conference Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

DePaul (26-7) made 16 3-pointers, one shy of a tournament record. Each Blue Demon starter finished in double-scoring after three quarters. Coleman led with 25 points as the Blue Demons built a 35-point lead, 83-48.

West Coast

Gonzaga 79, San Diego 71

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jill Barta scored 32 points and hit six free throws in the final 43 seconds, helping Gonzaga beat San Diego to repeat as West Coast Conference tournament champions.

Gonzaga (27-5) shut San Diego down in the third quarter on its way to a 16-point lead, but had trouble breaking the Toreros’ pressing and trapping defense in the closing minutes. San Diego (17-15) cut the lead to 73-66 with a 9-0 run, but ran out of time.


No. 22 Green Bay 62, Wright State 44

DETROIT (AP) — Allie Leclaire scored 24 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds, Jessica Lindstrom had her 41st career double-double and No. 22 Green Bay beat Wright State for its fourth straight Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

Summit League

South Dakota State 65, South Dakota 50

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Summit League player of the year Macy Miller had 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals and South Dakota State snapped rival South Dakota’s 20-game winning streak with a victory for its eighth automatic NCAA Tournament bid in 10 seasons.