Villanova Surprises Connecticut
Once again, Villanova had the last word against Connecticut.
Liad Suez made a turnaround jump shot with 56 seconds left, giving the Wildcats their second stunning victory in two years over the top-ranked Huskies, 59-56, Saturday night at Villanova, Pa.
The Wildcats (21-5, 11-4 in the Big East) ended Connecticut’s 70-game winning streak in the championship of last season’s conference tournament, and they weren’t intimidated by them this time either.
Playing in front of the first sellout crowd for a women’s game at the Pavilion, the Wildcats rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half behind Suez and Jackie Adamshick.
Connecticut (23-3, 13-2) led by three points with just over three minutes to play.
Adamshick made a three-point basket with 3:05 left for a 54-52 lead. Diana Taurasi tied it with 2:47 left, but the Huskies were never ahead again.
No. 7 Louisiana Tech 80, Boise State 48 -- The Lady Techsters (22-2, 15-1 Western Athletic Conference) held the Broncos (8-18, 5-12) scoreless for a seven-minute stretch in the second half at Boise, Idaho, and won their 14th consecutive game.
No. 8 Texas Tech 60, No. 14 Colorado 51 -- The Red Raiders (24-5, 10-5) held off the Buffaloes (21-6, 10-5), who were within six points with 1:42 left, but could get no closer at Lubbock, Texas. During one five-minute stretch midway through the second half, Colorado made only two baskets.
No. 10 Stanford 67, Oregon State 66 -- Nicole Powell made a baseline jumper with 5.4 seconds left at Corvallis, Ore., to give the Cardinal (21-6, 14-4) the top seeding in the Pacific 10 Conference tournament.
The Beavers (14-13, 8-10) had a chance to win, but Mandy Close’s three-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Stanford tied Arizona, which beat Washington, 71-54, at Seattle, for the regular-season title but earned the top spot in the tournament on a tiebreaker. The tournament starts Friday.
No. 16 Baylor 80, Texas A&M; 55 -- The Bears (21-7, 9-6 Big 12) held the Aggies (9-17, 2-13) to a season-low 16 points in the first half at Waco, Texas. The Bears led, 48-21, only three minutes into the second half.
No. 21 Miami 82, West Virginia 74 -- Yalonda McCormick made six free throws in the final 32 seconds for the Hurricanes (21-5, 10-5 Big East) at Coral Gables, Fla. Kate Bulger made four three-point baskets in the final 1:42 and finished with 28 points for the Mountaineers (19-8, 10-5).
No. 23 Oklahoma 78, Oklahoma State 44 -- The Sooners (19-7, 9-6 Big 12) closed the first half at Stillwater with a 25-6 run. They extended the lead to 40 points in the second half and won their 11th consecutive game in the series. The Cowboys (8-18, 3-12) lost their eighth in a row.