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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Late in the third quarter, Paige Bueckers drew her first personal foul and dropped to the Connecticut bench for her only rest of the night: a full 53 seconds of playing time. The Huskies had to lean on their sophomore star as hard as they could against superior South Carolina on Sunday, and against any other team in the country she might have been enough. But despite another strong effort from Bueckers, UConn still fell short, the first loss in program history in the title game, and fell 64-49 to the Gamecocks for the national championship. “I don’t think from the start of the game our offense seemed to have any kind of rhythm, any kind of fluidity,” coach Geno Auriemma said. “So Paige tried to take it on herself, that never works, when one person tries.” Bueckers, playing just 10 miles from where he honed his shooting, slick passing and ball-handling skills at Hopkins High School, finished with a team-leading 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one shot. one steal. “Now we know how to get here and how difficult it is and how hard we have to work all season and how much we have to overcome,” Bueckers said at the post-interview podium, his voice trembling and his eyes red. After going through an unwanted midseason rehab following the left knee injury that cost her 19 games and hitting her stride in the NCAA Tournament, the 2021 AP National Player of the Year put up 14 points and five assists in UConn’s semifinal victory over Stanford. The Target Center lobby was packed two hours before kickoff, several rows deep on either side of the red carpet spread out for players to walk through as they entered the arena. Judging by the hand signals from the kids and teens who adored him, Bueckers was by far the VIP of the entourage, even with Auriemma and his 11 national championships. The Gamecocks have one of the fiercest defenses in the game, and they promised to send multiple defenders to Bueckers to keep her from getting comfortable. She never really struggled, but she couldn’t find any kind of rhythm either, because of all the rebounds that were gobbled up by the Gamecocks and all the turnovers and misses from her teammates. The rest of the Huskies were 16-of-41 from the ground and totaled 14 turnovers. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 03: Paige Bueckers #5 of the Connecticut Huskies drives the baseline against Destanni Henderson #3 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game at Target Center on April 3 April 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) Azzi Fudd had an illness that kept her out of morning practice and she only scored three points in 17 minutes. Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who had four points and four fouls, played through a groin injury. South Carolina had a huge 49-24 rebounding advantage. “We wanted to box really well, push the ball in transition to get them running, tire them out,” Bueckers said. “But South Carolina is a great team. They played a great game.” After South Carolina raced to a 13-2 lead, Bueckers didn’t fire until a shot she bounced off the back rim with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter, her only attempt in the opening period. She didn’t score until midway through the second quarter. “Usually we don’t have a problem getting shots of Paige, but tonight it was a problem, and I think South Carolina had a lot to do with it,” Auriemma said. Brea Beal and Destanni Henderson spent most of the night guarding Bueckers. She tried to scrape the screens for catch-and-shoot opportunities or find room for her favorite jumper, but there wasn’t much room in the middle of the court for the Huskies to maneuver. All six of her marks were jump shots. She made one of three attempts from 3-point range. “I knew I had to use my speed and make sure I stayed with it,” Henderson said. “I think that’s what we’ve been practicing all this time. The first time we played them, it worked really well for us, so she knew she needed to get into this game and bring that same drive.” Bueckers had 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting on Nov. 22 in UConn’s 73-57 loss to South Carolina. With the imposing Aliyah Boston, who succeeded Bueckers as Player of the Year winner, and her friends patrolling the paint, getting to the basket was tough for the Huskies, unless they found a Bueckers backdoor pass to a sharp teammate. As if that wasn’t enough, Bueckers also spent much of his night chasing Henderson at the other end, as the Gamecocks senior came out on a pretty high note with a career-high 26 points. The Huskies lost to Arizona in the Final Four last year. Bueckers was denied a chance to play for a championship in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that halted the Minnesota State high school tournament before Hopkins reached the title game. Bueckers led the Royals to the 2019 title during his junior season just a few miles away at Williams Arena, but Hopkins lost in the 2018 championship at Target Center. “Just being able to be here with my team and spend more time together, make more memories and do it at home was amazing,” Bueckers said. “Nobody in my position would be happy at the moment, so obviously I’m upset with the way things have turned out. Super proud of this team for how far we’ve come and all the adversity we’ve faced and everything we’ve overcome to get to this point. But at UConn, it’s either a national championship or nothing.” (© 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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