clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Villanova upsets No. 1 UConn again

UConn's Diana Taurasi, left, intentionally fouls Villanova's Liad Suez in final minutes of game.
UConn's Diana Taurasi, left, intentionally fouls Villanova's Liad Suez in final minutes of game.
George Widman, Associated Press

Liad Suez hit a turnaround jumper with 56 seconds left and scored 23 points, giving Villanova its second stunning victory in two seasons over top-ranked Connecticut, winning 59-56 Saturday night in Villanova, Pa.

The Wildcats (21-5, 11-4 Big East) snapped UConn's 70-game winning streak in the championship of last year's Big East Conference tournament, and they weren't intimidated by the Huskies this time, either.

The Wildcats rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the second half behind Suez and Jackie Adamshick.

UConn (23-3, 13-2) led by three points with just over 3 minutes to play.

Adamshick, who scored 13 points, hit a 3-pointer with 3:05 left for a 54-52 lead. Diana Taurasi tied it with 2:47 left, but the Huskies never led again.

Suez hit the jumper, then combined with Adamshick to sink three free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Taurasi's desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer clanged off the back of the rim, snapping the Huskies' 12-game winning streak and denying them a chance to win the conference title outright.

Barbara Turner scored 25 points for the Huskies.

NO 7 LOUISIANA TECH 80, BOISE ST. 48: At Boise, Idaho, Amisha Carter had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to its 14th straight victory.

Trina Frierson and Amber Obaze added 12 points each for the Lady Techsters (22-2, 15-1 Western Athletic), who held the Broncos (8-18, 5-12) scoreless for 7:02 in the second half while going to 8-0 all time against them.

NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 60, NO. 14 COLORADO 51: At Lubbock, Texas, Jolee Ayers-Curry scored 16 points, helping Texas Tech hold off Colorado.

Chesley Dabbs had a career-high 11 rebounds and 12 points for Tech (24-5, 10-5 Big 12). Natalie Ritchie and Erin Grant added 10 points each.

Tera Bjorklund scored 15 points, and Randie Wirt had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Colorado (21-6, 10-5).

NO. 10 STANFORD 67, OREGON ST. 66: At Corvallis, Ore., Nicole Powell hit a baseline jumper with 5.4 seconds left, and Stanford earned the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament.

Powell had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Kelley Suminski added 17 points for the Cardinal (21-6, 14-4). Shannon Howell had 20 points to lead Oregon State (14-13, 8-10), which lost after Mandy Close's 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Stanford tied Arizona, which beat Washington earlier Saturday, for the regular-season title, but got the top spot in the tournament on a tiebreaker.

NO. 16 BAYLOR 80, TEXAS A&M 55: At Waco, Texas, Dionne Brown scored 16 points, and Baylor used solid defense to shut down Texas A&M.

Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon added 13 points each for the Lady Bears (21-7, 9-6 Big 12), who held A&M to a season-low 16 first-half points.

NO. 21 MIAMI 82, WEST VIRGINIA 74: At Coral Gables, Fla., Chanivia Broussard scored 25 points to lead Miami, which withstood a late rally by West Virginia.

Miami (21-5, 10-5 Big East) led by 20 points in the second half, but West Virginia put together a 12-2 run. Kate Bulger had eight 3-pointers — including four in the final 1:42 — and finished with 28 points for West Virginia (19-8, 10-5).

NO. 23 OKLAHOMA 78, OKLAHOMA ST. 44: At Stillwater, Okla., Maria Villaroel had 22 points and Caton Hill 18 in Oklahoma's 11th straight victory over Oklahoma State.

Dionnah Jackson added 12 points for the Sooners (19-7, 9-6 Big 12). Nina Stone scored 14 points for the Cowgirls (8-18, 3-12), who had just 14 baskets and 16 turnovers in losing their eighth straight overall.