Laura Harper had 17 points to help No. 4 Maryland end a 14-game losing streak to second-ranked Duke with a 78-70 victory yesterday in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver each scored 16 points for the Terrapins (28-3), who advanced to today's final against No. 1 North Carolina. Earlier this season Maryland handed the Tar Heels their only loss in a game that was decided in overtime.
Monique Currie finished with 18 points but couldn't stop the Blue Devils (26-3) from failing to advance to the final for the first time in seven years.
N. Carolina 90, N.C. State 69 -- Ivory Latta scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half and the No. 1 Tar Heels (28-1) cruised in Greensboro.
LSU 79, Kentucky 52 -- In Little Rock, Ark., Seimone Augustus scored 29 points to help the No. 3 Tigers (27-2) advance to today's championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Arizona St. 74, Oregon St. 66 -- Danielle Orsillo scored 9 of her 15 points in the final eight minutes and the No. 11 Sun Devils (24-5) overcame a 16-point deficit in the Pac-10 quarterfinals in San Jose, Calif.
Stanford 77, Arizona 50 -- In another Pac-10 quarterfinal in San Jose, Brooke Smith had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals to power the No. 13 Cardinal (22-6).
Utah 69, Wyoming 67 -- Shona Thorburn's driving layup with 5.3 seconds left in overtime lifted the No. 17 Utes (21-6, 12-4 Mountain West) at home.
La. Tech 91, Hawaii 52 -- Tasha Williams (10 points, 10 steals, 11 assists) became the third player in school history to record a triple-double and the No. 19 Lady Techsters (23-4, 15-1 WAC) wrapped up their fifth straight regular-season title.
Holy Cross 64, Bucknell 60 -- Laura Aloisi led four players in double figures with 21 points to help lift the Crusaders (16-13) in a Patriot League semifinal in Worcester and earn a spot in the title game Wednesday at Army.
Hartford 77, BU 61 -- The Hawks (23-3, 15-1 America East) ended the regular season in impressive fashion by crushing the host Terriers (16-11, 9-7) and setting a school record for wins in a season.
Binghamton 84, Vermont 49 -- Rachel Laws and Laine Kurpniece each had 21 points as the Bearcats (16-11, 9-7 America East) routed the host Catamounts.
Stony Brook 84, Maine 70 -- Leah Getz led five players in double figures with 19 points and the Seawolves (19-8, 12-4 America East) stomped the host Black Bears.
Harvard 86, Columbia 71 -- Freshman Emily Tay scored 24 points and the Crimson (12-14, 8-5 Ivy) rolled in New York.
Brown 70, Penn 62 -- Sarah Hayes had 23 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals in Philadelphia as the Bears (18-9, 12-2) clinched at least a tie for the Ivy crown.
Big East -- Britney Davis-White scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half and 12th-seeded West Virginia upset fifth-seeded Louisville, 54-45, in a first-round matchup in Hartford. The Mountaineers will play third-seeded St. John's in today's quarterfinals. . . . Megan Duffy scored the last 8 points of the game to lead Notre Dame to a 73-66 win over South Florida for a quarterfinal berth tonight against Connecticut . . . In another first-round matchup, Liad Suez-Karni scored 22 points to lead eighth-seeded Villanova to a dominating 68-46 win over Marquette . . . Marcedes Walker and Mallorie Winn scored 21 points apiece, leading Pittsburgh over Cincinnati, 77-62.
Ohio Valley -- Tatiana Conceicao scored 28 points to lead Southeast Missouri State past Tennessee Tech, 71-50, in the conference tournament final at Nashville, earning the school's first NCAA Tournament berth.
Northeast-10 -- At New Haven, Shamika Jackson's 26 points sparked Southern Connecticut to a 60-51 win over Saint Rose, giving the Owls (27-3) their first tournament championship.
NCAA Division 3 -- Megan Myles (24 points) and Ashley Marble (23) proved too strong for Norwich, leading Southern Maine to a 72-42 rout in a second-round game that advanced the host Huskies (29-1) to the Sweet 16 . . . Bowdoin (25-2) won its 70th straight home game, eclipsing Connecticut's New England record, with a 59-56 victory over Brandeis behind 18 points and nine rebounds by Eileen Flaherty.
ECAC Division 3 -- Top-seeded Mount Holyoke had three players register double-doubles in a 72-68 victory over Emmanuel in the title game at South Hadley.