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WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

UConn takes care of business

Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press

UConn’s Tiffany Hayes scored 18 of her 20 points after halftime, despite the efforts of Marquette’s Chelsie Butler.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a career-high 27 points to lead fourth-ranked Connecticut to an easy 85-45 victory over Marquette yesterday in Milwaukee.

The Huskies (26-3, 13-2 Big East) have won all seven games against Marquette and will host No. 3 Notre Dame tomorrow night at the XL Center in Hartford to try to earn a share of the conference regular-season title.

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Even with a victory tomorrow, UConn will be the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament because of tiebreakers.

Tiffany Hayes scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, including 13 in the first seven minutes, to help UConn break the game open.

Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 points in the first half to lead the Huskies to a 34-21 advantage.

Katherine Plouffe scored 16 points to lead the Golden Eagles (13-15, 4-11), who have lost five straight and nine of their last 10.

Stanford 69, Utah 42 - Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, older sister Nnemkadi added 15 points and five blocks, and the No. 2 Cardinal (26-1, 17-0 Pac-12) beat the visiting Utes, giving coach Tara Vanderveer her 700th victory with Stanford.

Notre Dame 80, South Florida 68 - Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 32 points, Devereaux Peters added 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and the No. 3 Irish beat the visiting Bulls (15-14, 7-8) and clinched at least a tie for the Big East regular-season title.

Skylar Diggins had 18 points for Notre Dame (27-2, 14-1), which set a school regular-season mark with its 27th victory.

Green Bay 78, Butler 53 - Julie Wojta had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the 12th-ranked Phoenix earned their 14th consecutive Horizon League title with their 33d straight victory over the Bulldogs (12-15, 8-8).

Rutgers 68, Providence 47 - Khadijah Rushdan scored 21 points to lead the 24th-ranked Scarlet Knights (20-8, 9-6 Big East) past the host Friars (13-15, 5-10) for the 19th straight time.

BU 57, Hartford 52 - Junior Mo Moran reached 1,000 career points, and the Terriers beat the host Hawks (19-11, 10-6) to clinch the regular-season America East title.

Moran led BU (22-7, 15-1) with a season-high 20 points.

UNH 59, Binghamton 52 - Denise Beliveau had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Wildcats (16-12, 9-7 America East) clipped the host Bearcats (12-7, 6-10) in overtime.

Maine 45, Stony Brook 40 - Brittany Williams (12 points) pushed the host Black Bears (7-22, 4-12 America East) past the Seawolves (4-25, 1-15).

UMBC 72, Vermont 60 - Niki Taylor’s 15 points weren’t enough to lift the visiting Catamounts (10-19, 4-12 America East) past the Retrievers (15-14, 9-7).

Princeton 94, Dartmouth 57 - Lauren Edwards scored a career-high 29 points to help the host Tigers (21-4, 11-0 Ivy) clinch the nation’s first berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Harvard 57, Penn 53 - Victoria Lippert’s 17 points gave the visiting Crimson (14-11, 7-4 Ivy) the win.

Brown 75, Columbia 63 - Aileen Daniels posted 25 points as the Bears (16-10, 7-5 Ivy) cruised in New York.

Central Conn. 79, Wagner 66 - The host Blue Devils (12-16, 6-11 Northeast) got 27 points from Lauren Arbogast.

Sacred Heart 66, St. Francis (Pa.) 61 - Callan Taylor and Gabrielle Washington combined for 38 points as the Pioneers (20-7, 13-3) moved into sole possession of first in the Northeast Conference.

Robert Morris 72, Quinnipiac 62 - The visiting Colonials (17-11, 11-6 NEC) topped the Bobcats (21-7, 13-4) thanks to Artemis Spanou’s 14 points and 14 boards.

Mount St. Mary’s 71, Bryant 63 - Sydney Henderson’s 17 points led the Mountaineers (14-14, 10-7 NEC) past the host Bulldogs (13-15, 6-11).

Holy Cross 74, Colgate 72 - In Worcester, Amy Lepley had 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Crusaders (16-13, 7-7) secured a spot in the Patriot League tournament.

Commonwealth Coast final - In Newport, R.I., Salve Regina (19-9) won its second consecutive championship, 77-61, over Endicott, behind 20 points and six blocks from Lindsay Shorey. Endicott (17-11) was led by Samantha Crough (19 points).

Great Northeast final - Emmanuel (22-6) captured its sixth straight title and 11th in the last 12 years, beating visiting St. Joseph’s, 68-57. The Monks (20-8) were done in by Fiona O’Dwyer’s 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Little East final - Rachel Riley had 14 points and Rhode Island College (24-3) won its first conference title, 50-44, over Southern Maine (21-6) in Providence.

MASCAC final - Tournament MVP Shelly DePina (career-high 28 points) paced Bridgewater State (19-7) to a 76-66 victory.

North Atlantic final - Alyssa Leonard had 17 points and 11 rebounds, tournament MVP Vanessa Powers added 13 points and 17 boards, and host Castleton State (22-5) set a school record for wins in beating Colby-Sawyer, 65-51.

NECC final - Erika Murphy hit the go-ahead jumper for Elms (20-8) with six seconds to play, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and hit a free throw to seal a 66-64 victory over Daniel Webster for the program’s first conference title.

NESCAC semifinals - Amherst, Division 3’s top-ranked team, remained perfect with a 66-52 win over visiting Colby (19-7). The Lord Jeffs (26-0) were led by reserve Marcia Voight’s 17 points and nine rebounds . . . Tufts (21-5) got 14 points from Liz Moynihan and overcame a slow start to drop Bowdoin, 55-40. The Polar Bears (19-7) led, 11-0, to start.

NEWMAC semifinals - Sarah Collins led 13th-ranked Babson (24-2) to the championship game with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 4 assists in a 64-40 win over visiting Wellesley (13-12) . . . Rosa Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Smith (20-5) set a school record for wins in a 70-51 victory over WPI (11-16).

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