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Roundup: UConn rolls into inaugural AAC title game

Connecticut made short work of Rutgers in the American Athletic Conference semifinals. The top-ranked Huskies jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than three minutes into the game and led by 31 at the half en route to an 83-57 beating of the 24th-ranked Scarlet Knights on Sunday in Uncasville, Conn.

Conference player of the year Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 as the Huskies (33-0) extended the school’s winning streak to 39 games.

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Briyona Canty had 16 points to lead Rutgers (22-9).

UConn, which won 18 conference tournaments in the Big East, will play for the inaugural AAC title Monday against No. 3 Louisville, which beat South Florida, 60-56, in Sunday’s other semifinal.

In that game, Shoni Schimmel hit a pull-up in the lane with six seconds left to break a tie, and her sister Jude stole the ball on the next possession to seal it for the Cardinals (30-3).

UConn has beaten Louisville twice this season, by 17 points at home and 20 points last week in Kentucky.

America East semifinals — Teasha Harris scored 16 points off the bench, and Stony Brook (24-7) coasted to a 79-59 win over New Hampshire (19-12) in Guilderland, N.Y. . . . Albany (27-4) got 23 points from Megan Craig in a 65-51 victory over Hartford (13-18).

Atlantic 10 final — Erin Rooney scored 13 points and Fordham beat top-seeded Dayton, 63-51, in Richmond, Va. It is just the second NCAA berth for the Rams (25-7); the first came when they won the Patriot League title in 1994.

ACC final — In Greensboro, N.C., Jewell Loyd had 26 points, and No. 2 Notre Dame (32-0) capped its perfect run through the ACC by scoring a 69-53 win over No. 10 Duke (27-6).

Big 12 semifinals — Bria Holmes scored 23 points to help No. 7 West Virginia beat Texas, 67-60, in Oklahoma City, the 12th straight win for the Mountaineers (29-3) . . . Odyssey Sims had 17 points to help No. 9 Baylor (28-4) defeat No. 18 Oklahoma State, 65-61.

Big South final — Dequesha McClanahan had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Winthrop to its first NCAA berth with an 87-74 win over High Point in Conway, S.C. The Eagles (24-8), who knocked off powerhouse Liberty in the semifinals Saturday night, beat the league’s top-seeded Panthers (22-10).

Big Ten final — In Indianapolis, Rachel Theriot scored 24 points, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa, 72-65. It’s the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tourney crown.

NEC quarterfinals — Gabrielle Washington tallied 47 points and 10 rebounds for Sacred Heart (12-18), but it wasn’t enough in a 132-124 double-overtime loss at Pennsylvania’s St. Francis (14-16), which got 47 points and 17 rebounds from Alexandra Williams . . . Host Bryant (17-13) got 13 points from Courtney Schissler in a 58-53 win over New York’s St. Francis (19-11).

Northeast-10 final — Senior forward Lauren Battista scored a career-high-tying 29 points, surpassing the 2,000-point mark and helping top-ranked Bentley coast to a 99-76 win over Adelphi in Waltham. It is the fourth straight conference title for the Falcons (29-0), and Battista has won tournament MVP each year.

Pac-12 final — Ariya Cooka scored 16 points and Southern California (22-12) earned its first tournament title by rallying for a 71-62 win over Oregon State (23-10) in Seattle.

SEC final — Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, and No. 6 Tennessee edged 12th-ranked Kentucky, 71-70, in Duluth, Ga. Isabelle Harrison had 16 points as Tennessee (27-5) claimed its record 17th tournament title, including four of the last five. Kentucky (24-8) played in its fourth final in that span but hasn’t won since 1982.

Correction: The Bentley women’s basketball team nickname was incorrectly called the Hawks in a previous version.

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