WVU women surge into Big 12 final vs. Baylor

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Bria Holmes wasn't herself Saturday.

All was well Sunday. The sophomore guard scored 23 points to help No. 7 West Virginia beat Texas, 67-60, in the Big 12 tournament semifinals in Oklahoma City.

Holmes scored just seven points and made 2 of 8 field goals in 17 minutes in the win Saturday against TCU. A day later, West Virginia's top scorer was 6 of 11 from the field and made 9 of 14 free throws while putting the Longhorns in foul trouble.

"I came out ready and focused again, ready to play again," Holmes said. "I noticed my outside shot wasn't falling [Saturday], so I decided to attack the basket."

Christal Caldwell added 15 points for the Mountaineers (29-3). West Virginia outscored Texas (21-11), 28-14, from the free-throw line to win its 12th in a row.

West Virginia advanced to play No. 9 Baylor tonight in the championship. Baylor (28-4) advanced by beating No. 18 Oklahoma State (23-8), 65-61, earlier Sunday behind 18 points from Nina Davis. The Mountaineers will try to win the tournament in their second year in the Big 12. Top seed Baylor and No. 2 seed West Virginia shared the regular-season title.

Other tournaments

■ ACC: Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half as No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the conference with a 69-53 rout of No. 10 Duke (27-6) in the final in Greensboro, N.C. Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) extend the best start in school history.

■ Big Ten Conference: Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa (26-8), 72-65, for the title in Indianapolis. It's the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tournament crown, clinching the league's automatic NCAA bid.

■ Southeastern Conference: Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:45 left, and No. 6 Tennessee (27-5) edged No. 12 Kentucky (24-8), 71-70, in Duluth, Ga., to win its record 17th SEC tournament title.

Atlantic 10 Conference: Erin Rooney scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Fordham (25-7) pulled away in the second half to beat top-seeded Dayton (23-7), 63-51, to win the championship in Richmond, Va.

■ Big South Conference: League player of the year Dequesha McClanahan had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Winthrop (24-8) to its first tournament title and NCAA berth with an 87-74 victory against High Point (22-10) in Conway, S.C.

■ American Athletic Conference: Breanna Stewart scored 22 points and top-ranked Connecticut (33-0) breezed into the finals with an 83-57 rout of No. 24 Rutgers (22-9) in Uncasville, Conn. ... Shoni Schimmel hit a jump shot in the lane with six seconds left to lift No. 3 Louisville (30-3) to a 60-56 win against South Florida (19-12) in the other semifinal.

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