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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Paige Bueckers scored 15 of her 27 points in two overtime periods, and UConn beat North Carolina State 91-87 to extend the Huskies’ record Women’s Final Four streak to 14 back to back on Monday night. who had gone 0-for-5 in overtime in the NCAA Tournament, will face top seed Stanford on Friday night in the national semifinals in Minneapolis. Outside the Final Four venue, he scored the first five points in the second overtime to lift the Huskies (29-5). home,” Bueckers said. “This is Loco. I’m so excited no matter the location, no matter where it is.” The sophomore sensation, who missed two months this season with a knee injury, once again looked like the player he was. AP Player of the Year in 2021. She was named the most outstanding player in the Bridgeport region.”Thank God Paige came back, because she gives everyone a lot of confidence and then everyone played and everyone took turns making plays,” said the UConn coach Geno Auriemma “It was just an amazing basketball game and it was a great showcase for our game.” With NC State leading 86-84 in the second overtime, Christyn Williams made the second of two free throws and then a layup with 21 seconds left to give UConn an 89-85 lead.Jakia Brown-Turner, who hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game, then made a layup to put the Wolfpack within two, but Williams converted or a layup from the inside to seal the victory. UConn had lost senior center Dorka Juhasz to a forearm injury earlier in the game. Paige Bueckers (Credit: Khoi Ton/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) Bueckers said. “And if we see one of our sisters fall, we will do it for her. We all love each other, we are all so close. It just means what we’ve been through all year. A lot of adversity, ups and downs, ups and downs. We stayed cool and stayed together.” Brown-Turner finished with 20 points for NC State (32-4). Both teams had chances to win in the last 30 seconds of regulation time. UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa was fouled with 28 seconds remaining and missed both free throws. On the ensuing possession, Diamond Johnson dribbled the clock and drove before passing it to Kai Crutchfield, who was deep behind with a deep 3-pointer off the wing. NC State was trying to reach the national semifinals for the second time in school history. The Wolfpack got that far in 1998, beating the Huskies in the Elite Eight that season to advance. None of the current list were alive at the time. Crutchfield, Raina Perez and Kayla Jones all returned this year using their extra COVID-19 season that was granted by the NCAA to try and take the Wolfpack to new heights. They were successful, advancing further than the team had done in 24 years. READ MORE: ‘Our teams are artists’: Take a first look at the Women’s Final Four court in Minneapolis Huskies dealt with injuries and COVID-19 issues all season and had their best losses since 2012, including their first conference loss in nine years and their first loss to an unranked team since 2012. Things have been looking up for UConn since the team began to bounce back, starting with Buckers. This was the first double-overtime game in NCAA women’s tournament history at the regional final or later. HUSKY INJURED UConn took a big hit when Juhasz went down in the first half with a scary-looking injury just above his left wrist. He was fouled in an attempt to back up and landed awkwardly as he tried to lower his hands to catch his fall. Juhasz was on the floor crying and they helped her back to her locker room with her team for seven points. The Huskies extended the lead to 10 before NC State cut it to 34-28 at the half. She returned to the bench at the beginning of the fourth quarter in warm-up clothes and with her arm in a sling. HOW THEY GOT HERE EUConn: Beat Mercer in the first round, UCF in the second round and Indiana in the Sweet 16. NC State: Beat Longwood in the first round, Kansas State in the second round and Notre Dame in the regional semifinals. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN This was the first meeting between the schools since the 2006-07 season. They are scheduled to play the next two seasons. “I’ve agreed to a series with UConn starting next year,” NC State coach Wes Moore said. “Coming back here next year, then they’re coming to us the year after” MORE NEWS: Upstart Creighton Women Top Iowa State, Reach Elite Eight(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published , broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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