Women's Tournaments: Prairie View clinches NCAA bid in 4-OT win

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Women's Tournaments: Prairie View clinches NCAA bid in 4-OT winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GARLAND, Texas - Prairie View A&M players were exhausted, beat up during a physical game and challenged by persistent Mississippi Valley State.

The Lady Panthers, however, were determined to secure their third straight NCAA tournament berth - no matter how long it took.

Kiara Etienne scored 31 points, Jeanette Jackson had six points in the fourth overtime and Prairie View A&M (17-14) won its third straight Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title, beating MVSU 100-87 Saturday.

Prairie View A&M (17-14) was probably just as content finishing off their eighth straight victory in the fourth overtime. In a game where the margin was rarely more than four points after halftime, the Lady Panthers outscored the Devilettes 15-2 in the final extra session.

• No. 15 Delaware 75, Hofstra 54: In In Upper Marlboro, Md., Elena Delle Donne had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Delaware never trailed in earning a third straight trip to the CAA title game.

• Cal Poly 69, Pacific 43: In Anaheim, Calif., Ariana Elegado scored a game-high 22 points, and Cal Poly claimed the tournament crown to punch its ticket to the Big Dance.

• Idaho 67, Seattle 64: In Las Vegas, Stacey Barr had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Idaho (17-15) to a upset of top-seeded Seattle in the Western Athletic Conference championship game.

• Central Michigan 86, Akron 68: In Cleveland, Crystal Bradford scored 13 points with 10 rebounds and Central Michigan (21-11) won the Mid-American Conference title.

• Saint Joseph's 47, Fordham 46: In New York, Natasha Cloud scored 15 points to help Saint Joseph's rally to win the Atlantic 10 tournament.

• Montana 56, Northern Colorado 43: In Missoula, Mont., Kenzie De Boer scored 19 points as Montana (24-7) won the Big Sky Championship.

• Other teams that clinched NCAA bids Saturday were Navy (Patriot), NJIT (Great West), Oral Roberts (Southland), Hampton (MEAC), Albany (America East) and Tulsa (Conference USA).

Up next

• What: NCAA tournament selection special

• When: 4 p.m. Monday


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