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Roundup: UConn women claim inaugural AAC crown

Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (left) looks for help from the defensive pressure of Louisville’s Sara Hammond in the first half.

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Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (left) looks for help from the defensive pressure of Louisville’s Sara Hammond in the first half.

Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 14 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut blew out No. 3 Louisville, 68-48, Monday night to complete an unbeaten regular season.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 points and 10 boards for the visiting Huskies (31-0, 18-0), who outrebounded Louisville, 47-30, and outran the Cardinals to add the inaugural American Athletic Conference title to their collection of trophies. The defending NCAA champions also beat the Cardinals (28-3, 16-2) for the 14th straight time.

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UConn shot only 40 percent (26 of 65) from the field, but owned many areas en route to its 37th straight win — the third-longest streak in school history.

The Huskies scored 18 points off 16 Cardinals turnovers, outscored them on second-chance baskets, 15-2, and made 7 of 22 3-pointers.

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St. John’s 63, Providence 42 — Alexis Harris scored a team-high 13 points, but the Friars (7-22, 2-16 Big East) committed 27 turnovers in a blowout loss to the Red Storm (20-9, 13-5) in Providence.

Bryant 72, Central Conn. 65 — The host Bulldogs (16-13, 11-7 Northeast) overcame a 14-point halftime deficit behind 16 points and 22 rebounds from Nanna Ankoma-Mensa.

Jessica Babe had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Blue Devils (11-17, 5-13).

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Fairleigh Dickinson 75, Sacred Heart 69 — Johanna Lopez had a career-high 24 points for the Pioneers (12-17, 9-9 Northeast), who were fended off by the host Knights (3-26, 2-16).

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North Carolina 63, Notre Dame 61 — James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot with 3:09 left and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins’s shot on the final play to send the 14th-ranked Tar Heels (23-7, 13-4 Atlantic Coast) to their 12th straight win.

Pat Connaughton had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Irish (15-16, 6-12), who used a 22-5 run out of halftime to make a game of it.

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