Renee Montgomery scored 21 points to help No. 3 Connecticut complete a perfect season in the Big East with a 70-44 victory over No. 18 Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., last night.
The Huskies (27-2, 16-0 Big East) have won 13 straight games and finished with an undefeated conference record for the sixth time in school history -- the first since 2002-03. It was Connecticut's first Big East title since the 2004 season. Rutgers had won the last two regular season conference championships.
The Scarlet Knights (19-8, 12-4) had won five straight and nine of their last 10. The only loss during that stretch came against U-Conn.
The Huskies had already clinched the top seed in the Big East tournament that will start Saturday in Hartford. Rutgers will be the No. 2 seed. Both schools have first-round byes and won't play until Sunday.
Essence Carson scored 17 points to lead the Scarlet Knights. She had little help as no other Rutgers player scored in double figures. Leading scorer Epiphanny Prince finished with six points. She missed her first nine shots and hit her only basket with 3 minutes 30 seconds remaining and U-Conn. up 19 points.
Rutgers shot 29.4 percent from the field in its lowest scoring total of the season.
Mel Thomas added 16 points for Connecticut.
Even without much at stake in the game, the Rutgers Athletic Center was loud. The near-sellout crowd greeted Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma with a loud chorus of boos when he was introduced before the game.
Auriemma had said a few weeks earlier that Rutgers fans were born miserable and stay miserable.
"They're ignorant," Auriemma said. "You go down there and they scream things that just make no sense whatsoever.
· MARQUETTE 69, ST. JOHN'S 60:Krystal Ellis scored 19 points to lead the No. 23 Golden Eagles in New York.
Christina Quay added 14 points for Marquette (24-5, 12-4 Big East). Kia Wright scored a game-high 23 points for the Red Storm (8-19, 4-12).
· WEST VIRGINIA 76, LOUISVILLE 71:LaQuita Owens scored a career-high 30 points, including seven in overtime, and the visiting Mountaineers rallied to beat the No. 20 Cardinals in the regular season finale for both teams.
Olayinka Sanni added 21 points for West Virginia (20-9, 11-5 Big East), which trailed by 16 points in the first half and 30-18 at halftime.
Angel McCoughtry scored 33 points to lead the Cardinals (24-6, 10-6). Louisville's Brandie Radde hit her only basket of the game, a three-pointer with 0.7 of a second left, to force overtime.
· MORGAN STATE 71, HOWARD 62:The Bison's Whitney Johnson scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but it was not enough to beat the Bears in Baltimore.
Courtney Smiley scored 20 points to lead Morgan State (15-11, 10-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Howard fell to 5-21, 5-11.
· PITTSBURGH 68, GEORGETOWN 58:Kierrah Marlow scored a game-high 22 points but the Hoyas (13-15, 3-12) lost at home and failed to qualify for the Big East tournament. The Panthers (21-7, 9-6) will play in the first round on Saturday.
Catholic Men Play On The Catholic men's team will play Messiah College (Pa.) in an NCAA Division III tournament first-round game on Friday at 8 p.m. at DuFour Center.
The Cardinals (22-5) are in the tournament for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.
DuFour also will host the game between Alvernia College (23-4) and Lincoln (Pa.) University (18-8) at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Catholic earned an automatic bid after beating Hood College, 85-75, in the Capital Athletic Conference title game Saturday.
· KANSAS 67, OKLAHOMA 65:Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers each scored 18 points, and the No. 3 Jayhawks (26-4, 13-2 Big 12) bounced back to win after blowing a 17-point lead in Norman, Okla.
Nate Carter scored 20 points to lead the Sooners (15-13, 6-9).
· MORGAN STATE 85, HOWARD 62:Jamar Smith scored 20 points and Joseph McLean had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bears (12-15, 10-6 MEAC) at home.
Darek Mitchell scored 17 points to lead the Bison (9-19, 5-11).
· BADGER INJURED:Wisconsin forward Brian Butch is expected to be out at least four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in the Badgers' loss to Ohio State on Sunday.