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Terriers move into title game

Sophomore Cheri Ruffo scored 7 of her game-high 17 points in overtime to help lift No. 3 seed Boston University to a 76-74 victory over No. 2 seed Stony Brook in the semifinals of the America East tournament at West Hartford, Conn.

The Terriers (18-11) got a dominating performace from freshman Jesyka Burks-Wiley, who scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, but more importantly, pulled down 20 rebounds, 18 at the defensive end.

Freshman Kasey Devine and senior Rachael Vanderwal each added 13 points for the Terriers, who will face regular-season champion Hartford, a 57-46 winner over Binghamton in the other semifinal, in today's title game at 2 p.m. This will be a rematch of last year's championship game won by the Hawks, 52-50.

In a game that had 10 ties and 15 lead changes, BU appeared to take control with 4:21 left in regulation when a Burks-Wiley basket made it 61-53, the biggest lead by either team.

But guard Mykeema Ford, who sat out much of the second half with four fouls, returned to spark Stony Brook, scoring 9 points in a 12-4 run that knotted the score at 65-65.

In Hartford's victory, the Hawks (25-3) took control early, racing to a 26-19 first-half advantage over Binghamton.

Erika Messam led Hartford with 13 points, while Erica Beverly notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds

Atlantic Sun -- At Dothan, Ala., Shontavia Williams scored 26 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 74-63 victory over Gardner-Webb and secure the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Owls (20-10).

Williams dominated from inside and out, sinking four 3-pointers and pulling down eight rebounds, several of which led to second-chance points.

Big South -- Allyson Fasnacht hit a 10-foot jumper with 16 seconds left and Liberty held off High Point, 53-50, at Lynchburg, Va., to win its 10th consecutive tournament and NCAA bid.

Big Sky -- Alyssa Wahl scored 19 points and Kim Winkfield added 17 to help Northern Arizona beat Weber State, 74-59, at Pocatello, Idaho, for its first NCAA berth.

Big 12 -- Freshman standout Courtney Paris had 24 points and 26 rebounds and Oklahoma completed its undefeated run through the Big 12 by beating Baylor, 72-61, in Dallas. After becoming the first Big 12 team to go 16-0 in conference play, the No. 8 Sooners (29-4) won the tournament for the third time in five seasons, topping the defending NCAA champion and No. 10 Bears (25-5).

Big West -- Amber Cox made a 3-pointer with 1:10 to play to lead UC Riverside to a 59-58 upset of top-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the tournament final at Anaheim, Calif., to give the Highlanders (16-14) their first trip to the NCAAs.

Colonial Athletic -- For the 15th year in a row, Old Dominion won the CAA title. T.J. Jordan scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack, Paula Muxiri hit a big 3-pointer with 1:31 to play, and the Lady Monarchs (22-8) beat James Madison, 58-54, at Fairfax, Va.

Mid-American -- Carin Horne scored 16 points and No. 24 Bowling Green held Kent State to a season-low point total in a 64-39 victory, giving the Falcons their second straight conference tournament title.

MEAC -- Rashida Suber scored 14 points to lead Coppin State to its second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and NCAA bid with a 46-36 victory over Delaware State at Raleigh, N.C.

Mountain West -- Julie Larsen (24 points) and Shona Thorburn (15 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) stole the show and led No. 19 Utah past No. 20 Brigham Young, 84-60, in the conference title game in Denver.

Northeast -- Amanda Pape had 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Sacred Heart to its first conference title with a 69-65 win over Quinnipiac at Fairfield, Conn. The Pioneers (26-4) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since becoming a Division 1 program seven years ago.

Southland -- Britany Vinson led three players in double figures with 17 points as Stephen F. Austin beat Texas-San Antonio, 56-48, at Nacogdoches, Texas to send the Ladyjacks (23-7) to the NCAA tournament.

Southwestern -- Rolanda Monroe scored 17 points, and Southern University won the SWAC tournament with a 61-58 victory over Alabama State at Birmingham, Ala.

Western Athletic -- At Reno, Tasha Williams scored 19 points and Aarica Ray-Boyd added 15 to lead No. 17 Louisiana Tech past New Mexico State, 63-39, sending the Lady Techsters (26-4) to their 25th straight NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Division 2 -- Forward Sharmion Selman scored 20 points as AIC used a big second half to rout Stonehill, 70-46, in a Northeast Regional semifinal at New Haven. The Yellow Jackets (23-7), who also got double-figure scoring from Tiffany Wooten (12) and Krystal Pressley (10), outscored the Skyhawks (24-7), 39-18, after intermission . . . A pair of sophomore did the job for Southern Connecticut, forward Kate Lynch scoring 21 points and guard Shamika Jackson getting 15, as the Owls (29-3) topped Holy Family (29-3), 58-41.

NCAA Division 3 -- Ashley Marble had a monster game for Southern Maine, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as the Huskies (30-1) moved on to next weekend's Final Four in Springfield with a 56-53 victory over Bowdoin (27-2) at Gorham, Maine.

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