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Princeton secures fourth straight Ivy League title with victory over Brown

Niveen Rasheed had 14 points, 9 boards, and 5 assists as Princeton beat Brown, 80-51, on Saturday, securing its fourth straight Ivy League title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Tigers seniors Megan Bowen, Kate Miller, Rasheed, and Lauren Polansky have lost only two Ivy League games over four years, both to Harvard. Princeton is 58-2 against Ivy opponents since 2008 and the senior class is 95-19 overall during four seasons.

Princeton (21-6, 12-1) turned a close game at the half into a laugher. The Tigers led, 33-32, at intermission but broke off a 22-4 run that pushed the lead to 57-38 with 8:57 to go en route to its 18th straight home win.

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Sophie Bikofsky and Sheila Dixon each had 16 points for Brown (9-19, 3-11).

Harvard 66, Cornell 56 — Ferocious defense helped the Crimson (19-8, 10-3 Ivy) beat the host Big Red (13-15, 5-9) for the 11th consecutive time.

Harvard held Cornell to 18-of-60 shooting. Christine Clark had 22 points to lead the way offensively. Harvard can clinch a spot in the Women’s NIT with a win Tuesday against Columbia.

Yale 70, Penn 65 — Despite only getting 5 points from their bench, the Bulldogs (13-15, 8-6 Ivy) slipped past the Quakers (16-11, 9-4) in Philadelphia. Megan Vasquez scored 24 points and Janna Graf added 19 for Yale.

Columbia 48, Dartmouth 39 — The Lions held the Big Green scoreless over the final 2:33 to win in New York. Miwa Tachibana scored 15 points to lead Columbia (5-22, 3-9 Ivy). No player for Dartmouth (6-22, 4-10) scored in double figures.

UNC-Wilmington 68, Northeastern 64 — Deanna Kerkhof scored a team-high 18 points, and Amencie Mercier and Kashaia Cannon each added 12 but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies couldn’t hold on against the Seahawks at Solomon Court in the teams’ regular-season finale.

Despite the loss, Northeastern (17-12, 10-8) established a program record for home wins, going 11-3. The Huskies will play Hofstra on Friday in Upper Marlboro, Md., in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Ohio Valley final — Rickiesha Bryant scored the first 5 points of overtime to lift Tennessee Martin past Tennessee Tech, 87-80, in Nashville for its third straight conference tournament title. It gave the Skyhawks an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee Martin (19-14) has beaten Tennessee Tech (19-12) in each of the last three tournament title games.

Jasmine Newsome scored 34 points, including the tying layup with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, in setting an OVC tournament record with 98 points in three games.

Atlantic Sun final — Sasha Sims scored 15 points to help Stetson (24-8) rally for an NCAA Tournament berth and 70-64 win over Florida Gulf Coast in Macon, Ga.

ACC semifinals — In Greensboro, N.C., Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left to help sixth-ranked Duke (29-2) beat No. 23 Florida State, 72-66. The Blue Devils will play North Carolina for the title on Sunday. Duke reached the title game for the 11th time in 14 seasons . . . Latifah Coleman scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final six-plus minutes and No. 15 North Carolina beat No. 10 Maryland, 72-65. The Tar Heels (28-5) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit, the second-biggest comeback in the history of the tournament.

Big 10 semifinals — Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and Michigan State (24-7) used its stout defense to upset No. 8 Penn State, 54-46, in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Michigan State will face Purdue, which beat No. 21 Nebraska, 77-64, on Sunday for the championship.

Pac-12 semifinal — Markel Walker scored 23 points, Jasmine Dixon added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 14 UCLA was dominant in a 70-58 win over No. 5 California (28-3) in Seattle. The Bruins (25-6) will play in Sunday night’s final against either No. 4 Stanford or No. 18 Colorado.

SEC semifinals — Courtney Williams’s jumper with 33 seconds left gave No. 19 Texas A&M the lead and the Aggies (23-9) went on to beat ninth-ranked Tennessee, 66-62, in Duluth, Ga., ending the Lady Vols’ bid for a fourth straight conference tournament championship. The Aggies will face Kentucky on Sunday for the championship . . . Jennifer O'Neill sank 3-pointers on each end of a 15-0 run early in the second half that gave No. 7 Kentucky (27-4) the lead, and the Wildcats rolled past No. 12 Georgia, 60-38.

Big 12 quarterfinals — Brittney Griner had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists as No. 1 Baylor (30-1) routed Kansas State, 80-47, at American Airlines Center in Dallas. On Sunday, the Lady Bears will play Oklahoma State (21-9).

NCAA Div. 3 quarterfinals — Behind a combined 46 points from Bridget Crowley, Megan Robertson, and Marcia Voigt, host Amherst (30-1) topped Widener, 59-45. Amherst faces Wisconsin-Whitewater in the semifinals on March 15 in Holland, Mich. . . . Claire Baecher had 7 points, 9 boards, and 9 blocks as host Williams (26-5) topped Whitman, 63-53, to reach the semifinals. Williams will face DePauw next Friday.

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