Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (878 wins) moved within a game of Dean Smith's career victories record, and No. 5 Tennessee beat top-ranked LSU, 67-65, last night at Greenville, S.C., for their first Southeastern Conference tournament title in five years.
Shyra Ely (25 points) finished a fastbreak with a layup with 34.1 seconds left to give the Lady Vols (26-4) a 66-65 lead.
LSU had the play it wanted the next time down, but a wide-open Sylvia Fowles couldn't handle Temeka Johnson's pass beneath the basket.
Stanford 73, USC 69 -- Kelley Suminski scored 17 points, including three key 3-pointers that put her team ahead for good, and the No. 2 Cardinal (28-2) held off the Trojans in San Jose, Calif., to reach tonight's Pac-10 tournament title game against Arizona State, a 54-47 winner over Oregon. Candice Wiggins scored 9 of her 24 points in the final six minutes, and added 12 rebounds and 5 assists as Stanford survived for its 19th straight victory despite being outhustled for much of the game and dominated in the paint. A loss might have cost them a top seed into the NCAA Tournament.
Minnesota 66, Ohio State 63 -- Janel McCarville scored the final 4 points in regulation, then teamed with Jamie Broback for Minnesota's first 8 points in overtime, leading the 15th-ranked Golden Gophers (24-6) to an upset of the No. 3 Buckeyes (28-4) in the Big Ten semifinals in Indianapolis. In their first game this year, Jessica Davenport shredded Minnesota for 35 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-53 Ohio State victory, so McCarville played strong defense against her.
N. Carolina 78, Virginia 72 -- Ivory Latta scored a career-high 32 points, including a spinning jumper with 34 seconds to play that gave the No. 4 Tar Heels (26-3) the lead for good as they rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to top the Cavaliers in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
Duke 74, Maryland 44 -- The Blue Devils (28-3) continued to roll toward a record sixth straight ACC title, getting 14 points apiece from Mistie Williams and Chante Black in routing the No. 25 Terrapins (21-9) in the conference semifinals at Greensboro, N.C.
Michigan St. 83, Penn St. 76 -- Kelli Roehrig had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Kristin Haynie added 18 points and six rebounds to lead the No. 8 Spartans (27-3) past the No. 23 Nittany Lions (19-10) 76 in the Big Ten semifinals at Indianapolis.
BU 77, UNH 67 -- Becky Bonner scored a game-high 24 points, hitting 6 of 10 from 3-point range, Adrienne Norris grabbed 11 rebounds, and Larissa Parr added 9 points, 6 reboounds, and 3 assists to spark the host Terriers (12-15, 7-11 America East) in their final regular-season game. . . .
Host Merrimack is seeded No. 1 and Bentley No. 2 for the NCAA Division 2 Northeast Regional women's tournament that begins Friday with quarterfinal games in North Andover. Bentley meets No. 7 Bryant, Merrimack faces No. 8 Bridgeport, No. 4 Holy Family takes on No. 5 AIC, and No. 3 Southern Connecticut gets No. 6 Pace.