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Connecticut women get win No. 72, Big East title

Kalana Greene scored 15 points to help top-ranked Connecticut rout No. 9 West Virginia, 60-32, last night in Hartford for its 72nd straight win and 16th Big East Tournament title.

Greene made her first seven shots and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn most outstanding player honors for the tournament.

The Huskies have won five of the last six conference tournament titles and enter the NCAAs unbeaten for the fifth time in school history. UConn went on to win the national championship in 1995, 2002 and 2009.

UConn (33-0) stands six wins short of becoming the first team to go through consecutive seasons unbeaten. The Huskies surpassed their own NCAA record for consecutive wins Monday night.

The Huskies, who have won both the regular-season and conference tournament title the last three years and 14 times in school history, held West Virginia (28-5) to the lowest total in a Big East championship game.

MEN'S GAMESNorth Texas 66, Troy 63: Josh White's shot from near the free-throw line with 22 seconds remaining gave North Texas the win over Troy in the Sun Belt Tournament championship game in Hot Springs, Ark. Troy (20-12) rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half, but the 5-10 White's shot broke a tie at 63 and sent the Mean Green (24-8) to the NCAA Tournament.

Butler 70, Wright State 45:Shelvin Mack scored all 14 of his points in the first half, and Matt Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds to help No. 12 Butler rout Wright State in the Horizon League title game in Indianapolis. Butler (28-4) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 and heads into NCAA play as the only Division I team to complete a perfect conference season. The Raiders (20-12) were led by N'Gai Evans with 13 points.

Oakland, Mich. 76, IUPUI 64: Derick Nelson scored a career-high 36 points and slow-starting Oakland, Mich., defeated IUPUI in the Summit League championship game in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Grizzlies earned their second NCAA berth with their school-record 11th consecutive win. Their only other NCAA appearance was in 2005.

- AP

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