Women's basketball roundup: Baylor outlasts WVU for Big 12 title

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Odyssey Sims overcame an ankle injury and scored 19 points to help No. 9 Baylor edge No. 7 West Virginia, 74-71, Monday night in the Big 12 women's championship at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Niya Johnson also had 19 points and made four free throws in the final minute, and Nina Davis added 16 points for the Lady Bears (29-4), who have won 15 of their past 16 games. Davis, a freshman, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Bria Holmes scored 24 points and Linda Stepney added 10 for West Virginia (29-4), which had won 12 in a row.

The teams shared the regular-season Big 12 championship and split their two meetings in the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. West Virginia slowed Sims, who had scored 48 and 39 points in the regular-season games, but the Bears supported her Monday night by shooting 48 percent overall.

The lead went back and forth in the final minutes.

Sims made a jump shot with 50.4 seconds left to put Baylor ahead, 70-69.

West Virginia misconnected on a post entry pass and turned the ball over. Baylor ran the clock down, forcing West Virginia to foul. Holmes committed her fifth foul by reaching in on Johnson, and Johnson made two free throws.

West Virginia's Stepney made a layup with 5.4 seconds remaining, then West Virginia quickly fouled. Johnson made two more free throws with 4.7 seconds to play to put Baylor ahead by three. Stepney missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Baylor celebrated.

Other tournaments

American Athletic Conference: Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville, 72-52, to win the inaugural AAC tournament. With the victory, the Huskies (34-0) became the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss. It's the sixth time they have accomplished that feat. They've gone on to win the national championship four of those years. Connecticut got off to a quick start at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., scoring the first eight points of the game. Louisville trailed, 28-20, with six minutes left in the first half before Stewart took over. Her three-point play started a 12-2 run to close the half. Stewart, the tournament MVP, had seven points in the burst as Connecticut, led 40-22, at the break. Louisville (30-4) scored the first five points in the second half, but could get no closer because of Stewart and the Huskies. Bria Hartley added 16 points and Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies, who have won 40 games in a row -- the third-longest streak in school history. Shoni Schimmel led Louisville with 20 points, but was 7 for 25 from the field.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Sydney Coffey scored 23 points to lead Marist (27-6) past Quinnipiac (21-12), 70-66, in Springfield, Mass., giving the Red Foxes their ninth consecutive league tournament title and another berth in the NCAA tournament.

Southern Conference: Alex Black scored 22 points and Chattanooga (29-3) beat Davidson (16-16), 71-45, in Asheville, N.C., to win the championship and clinch a berth in the NCAA tournament.

America East Conference: Shereesha Richards had 26 points, Sarah Royals added 19 and eight assists and top-seeded host Albany (28-4) beat Stony Brook (24-8), 70-46, to win the title and earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Big East Conference: Jasmine Penny made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 26 points as No. 23 and top-seeded host DePaul (26-6) beat Marquette (21-10), 100-90, in the semifinals. ... Aliyyah Handford made four consecutive free throws in the final 11 seconds of the second overtime as St. John's (22-9) beat Creighton (19-13), 68-63, in the other semifinal.

West Coast Conference: Haiden Palmer scored 16 points as No. 18 Gonzaga (28-4) beat Saint Mary's (22-9), 68-60, to advance to the championship in Las Vegas. ... Lexi Eaton scored 17 points to help BYU (26-5) to a 77-64 win against Pacific (18-12) in the other semifinal.


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