No. 4 Notre Dame wins ACC tourney
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jessica Shepard snipped the net, then gave it a twirl over her head.
That's fitting — she and Notre Dame did some of their best work around the rim.
Shepard had a season-high 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish claimed their fifth Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in six years by routing No. 3 Louisville 99-79 on Sunday.
Tournament MVP Jackie Young added 21 points and 10 rebounds, Brianna Turner had 20 points and Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale scored 12 apiece for the top-seeded Irish (30-3).
The defending national champs never trailed in beating the Cardinals for the second time this season and avenging their loss in last year's ACC championship game — their only one in conference tournament play since joining the ACC in 2013-14.
Collier tabbed to All-Tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After producing a pair of dominant performances in the ACC Tournament, Clemson senior Aliyah Collier has been named to the ACC All-Tournament Second Team. In two games, Collier averaged 22.5 points and 6 rebounds and was instrumental in the Tigers’ 80-79 overtime victory over Virginia Tech.
Mississippi State takes SEC title
GREENVILLE (AP) — When Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer climbed the ladder, snipped the net and rang a cowbell, the message was clear — the Bulldogs were finally on top at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 5 Mississippi State won its first SEC tournament title in five tries with a 101-70 pounding of Arkansas on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (30-2) and McCowan scored the most points ever in an SEC Tournament title game — and ended their own 0-4 mark when reaching the event finals. They took control with an 18-0 run in the first quarter and never gave the Razorbacks (20-14) hope for a comeback after losing the crown the last three years to South Carolina.
This time, regular-season SEC champ Mississippi State left little doubt about who's the league powerhouse. The Bulldogs were up by 20 at the half and 25 through three quarters on their way to their ninth straight win over the Razorbacks.
Mississippi State surpassed Georgia's 94 points in winning the 1986 event.
FSC sweeps Claflin
Florida Southern College scored five times in the seventh-inning as the Mocs completed the three-game sweep of Claflin University Sunday defeating the Panthers 10-3 at Mirmow Field.
Claflin dropped to 12-7 on the season and finished the 17-game home stand at 10-7. The Panthers will be off until this weekend when they travel to Tuskegee University of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) for three games. The first game is slated for Saturday followed by a March 17 doubleheader.
After Claflin tied the contest at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth-inning off a Clyde Parker run-scoring single and Eric McElveen scoring on a pass ball, Florida Southern erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh-inning. The Mocs pounded out four hits in the inning, the biggest blow, a base clearing double by Alex Goebel.
Goebel finished the game with 4 RBIs to lead Florida Southern, while Zack Scott added two hits and 3RBIs.
The Mocs tacked on two more runs in the ninth-inning for the final margin of victory.
The Panthers, who collected seven hits in the game, had only two in the final three innings.
Gerardic Dobbs led Claflin with two hits and Jalen Sprull added a double in the contest.
The Claflin offense generated only six runs and 18 hits during the weekend series compared to 20 runs and 36 hits for Florida Southern.
For the third consecutive game, the Panther starter pitched effectively for the first six innings. Cleveland Westbrook, who suffered his first loss in four decisions this season, allowed Florida Southern just three runs on seven hits over the span.
During the series, the Claflin starters of Dillon Parker, Eric Dubose and Westbrook surrendered just five runs in a combined 18 innings of work (first six innings of each game), before the Mocs bats got hot.
The seventh-inning was the difference in each game as Florida Southern scored nine runs total (1-game one, 3-game two, 5-game three), in that frame.
Ryan Lanford was the winning pitcher for Florida Southern in game three.
Florida Southern College took the second game of rhe three-game weekend series on Saturday, defeating the Panthers 6-1.
Wofford gets past ETSU
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As Fletcher Magee ran off a screen, grabbed a pass and with his back to the basket spun around in midair and swished it from 27 feet away, East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes turned to his assistant coaches and shook his head.
After four years, Forbes still hasn't figured out how to stop the player who has more career 3-pointers (498) than any active player in Division I.
Magee scored 26 points on 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, power forward Cameron Jackson added 20 points and seven rebounds, and No. 22 Wofford beat East Tennessee State 81-72 on Sunday to advance the Southern Conference Tournament championship game. The top-seeded Terriers (28-4) will play Furman on Monday night.