Mt. Lebanon's Madison Cable leads Irish to third ACC title in a row
March 7, 2016 12:00 AM
Chuck Burton/Associated Press
Notre Dame’s Madison Cable, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, celebrates defeating Syracuse Sunday in the ACC tournament title game in Greensboro, N.C. Cable was tournament MVP.
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Madison Cable never lost a conference tournament game while playing for Notre Dame. The sharpshooting senior wants to find out what it’s like to conquer an even bigger bracket.
The top-seeded Fighting Irish won their third ACC tournament title in a row by beating third-seeded Syracuse, 68-57, Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. Cable, the tournament MVP, scored 18 points with six 3-pointers and Brianna Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kathryn Westbeld added 10 for the Fighting Irish (31-1).
They never trailed and overcame a late 6½-minute scoring drought to extend their winning streak to 24.
In earning its third consecutive conference tournament title, Notre Dame became the first ACC team to three-peat since North Carolina in 2006-08.
“I don’t think that many people have done that,” Cable said of winning four consecutive conference tournaments. (Notre Dame won the Big East title in 2013 before leaving for the ACC.) “But I think this year we’re kind of looking to take a step further and maybe win the next tournament.”
Alexis Peterson had 19 points for third-seeded Syracuse (25-7), whose 11-game winning streak was snapped.
AAC: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 17 points to help top-seeded Connecticut (31-0) rout fifth-seeded Tulane (21-11), 82-35, in the semifinals in Uncasville, Conn. … Courtney Williams scored 22 points and second-seeded South Florida (23-8) beat sixth-seeded Temple (20-11), 64-46.
Big East: Megan Podkowa scored 14 points and top-seeded DePaul (25-7) beat ninth-seeded Butler (10-21), 76-49, in Chicago. … MC McGrory scored 20 points to help seventh-seeded Creighton (16-16) upset second-seeded Villanova (19-11), 57-48. … Tiffany Jones scored 29 points to lead third-seeded Seton Hall past sixth-seeded Marquette, 93-86.
Big Ten:Hopewell alumna Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and top-seeded Maryland (30-3) beat third-seeded Michigan State (24-8), 60-44, in Indianapolis for its second consecutive tournament title.
Big 12:Celina Rodrigo scored 12 points to help second-seeded Texas (28-3) advance to the final, defeating third-seeded West Virginia (24-9), 67-51, in Oklahoma City. … Alexis Jones had 19 points and 11 assists to help top-seeded Baylor (32-1) crush fifth-seeded Oklahoma (21-10), 84-57.
Pacific-12: Center Ruth Hamblin had 23 points and 20 rebounds as Oregon State (28-4) easily handled UCLA (24-8), 69-57, in the championship game.
SEC: A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 13 rebounds and top-seeded South Carolina (31-1) beat third-seeded Mississippi State (26-7), 66-52, in Jacksonville, Fla., to win the tournament for the second year in a row.
Southern: Queen Alford scored 17 points, and Chattanooga (24-7) used a late to defeat top-seeded Mercer (24-8), 65-57, in Asheville, N.C., for its fourth consecutive championship.
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