Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm •  Published: March 8, 2014
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 22 points Saturday to lead top-ranked UConn to a 72-42 rout of eighth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Bria Hartley added 17 points for the Huskies (32-0), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 12 and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and nine rebounds.

UConn extended the school's third longest winning streak to 38 games. The Huskies, who won their regular-season conference games by an average of 37 points, will play No. 24 Rutgers in the semifinals. The Scarlet Knights beat SMU 68-49 earlier Saturday.

Jeanise Randolph had 14 points for Cincinnati (13-18).

No. 2 NOTRE DAME 83, No. 14 N.C. STATE 48

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 16 points to help Notre Dame advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Kayla McBride was among four in double figures with 10 points for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (31-0), who had no trouble putting away the injury-depleted Wolfpack. Notre Dame scored the first 12 points, led by 28 at halftime and by 37 from there to continue their dominating run in their new league.

The Fighting Irish, who shot 60 percent in a 26-point win against Florida State in Friday's quarterfinals, shot 52 percent in the first half on the way to their second lopsided win against the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-7) in a week.

Notre Dame, which will face Duke for the title, will try to become the first team to go 19-0 through ACC regular-season and tournament play since the Blue Devils in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

No. 3 LOUISVILLE 88, HOUSTON 43

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored 15 points and Antonita Slaughter added 14 to lead Louisville to an easy win in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference.

Sara Hammond added 11 points — all in the first 8 minutes — for the Cardinals (29-3).

Louisville jumped all over the Cougars, racing out to a 26-4 lead. Schimmel got the Cardinals on the board hitting a 3-pointer, the 99th of the season for the senior which set a new school record. Schimmel broke Sara Nord's mark.

Schimmel's layup made it 30-6 midway through the first half. Houston (6-25) didn't string together consecutive baskets until nearly 14 minutes were gone in the game. Marche' Amerson's jumper made it 30-10 with 5:42 left.

Louisville led 46-19 at the half and never looked back.

USC 72, No. 4 STANFORD 68

SEATTLE (AP) — Cassie Harberts scored 10 straight points in the final three minutes, and Southern California held on in the closing seconds to advance to the Pac-12 championship game.

USC will play for the conference title and an automatic NCAA tournament bid on Sunday night against either Oregon State or Washington State. It will be the first time since the tournament's inception in 2002 that Stanford will not play in the championship game and will mark the Trojans' second appearance in the title game.

Harberts' scoring run came after Stanford had rallied from a 10-point deficit to take a 60-57 lead with 5:06 remaining. Harberts finished with 13 points. Alexyz Vaioletama led USC (21-12) with 19 points.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points for Stanford (29-3), but did not score in the final seven minutes.

No. 12 KENTUCKY 68, No. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 58

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Bria Goss scored 14 points and Kentucky advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

DeNesha Stallworth and Linnae Harper each had 12 points for Kentucky (24-7), which will play in its fourth SEC tournament final in the last five years. The Wildcats, who will face Tennessee for the championship, won their only league title in 1982.

South Carolina (27-4), the SEC regular-season champion, had 16 turnovers, most coming in the first 10 minutes. The Gamecocks were playing in only their second semifinal, following an appearance in 2012.

The Gamecocks scored the game's first points on a basket by Elem Ibiam, who had 16 points. Kentucky scored the next 12 points and never lost the lead.

No. 6 TENNESSEE 86, No. 15 TEXAS A&M 77

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Tennessee held off Texas A&M to earn a spot in the SEC tournament title game.

Meighan Simmons had 15 points and Bashaara Graves had 14 for Tennessee (26-5).

Courtney Walker scored 26 points to lead Texas A&M (24-8). Courtney Williams added 22, but the high-scoring sophomores were not enough to beat the Lady Vols.

Texas A&M, the defending champion, led by 10 points in the first half but couldn't match Tennessee's inside game. The Lady Vols took a 48-26 advantage in rebounds and scored 50 points in the paint.

No. 7 WEST VIRGINIA 67, TCU 59

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Asya Bussie had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 7 West Virginia advance to the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Taylor Palmer scored 11 points and Christal Caldwell added 10 for the Mountaineers, who won their 11th consecutive game and will next face Texas.

West Virginia (28-3) won all three meetings with TCU this season, but by just a combined 16 points.