Delaware falls to JMU in semis

NEWARK, Del. - Second-seeded James Madison's power game left third-seeded Delaware in a waiting game in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball tournament yesterday at the Blue Hens' Bob Carpenter Center.

The Dukes translated an overwhelming 56-35 rebounding advantage into a 67-56 victory over Delaware (26-5) and advanced to today's CAA title game for the second consecutive year.

Bowling Green's Carin Horne was named the Mid-American Conference tourney's MVP after the Falcons beat Ball State, 67-53.

JMU (27-4) again will meet top-seeded Old Dominion (23-8) who is seeking its 16th straight CAA crown after sailing past Hofstra, 76-59.

Big Twelve - Leah Rush matched a season-high with 18 points and No. 11 Oklahoma used a series of big runs to surge past resilient Iowa State for a 67-60 win in Oklahoma City. The second-seeded Sooners (26-4) had to fight back with two double-digit runs after the Cyclones (25-8) claimed an eight-point second-half lead.

Mid-American - Ali Mann scored 20 points and No. 20 Bowling Green (29-3) earned a third straight trip to the NCAA tournament with a 67-53 win over Ball State (24-6) in Cleveland.

Mid-Eastern Athletic - Katreem Palmer had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Delaware State claim its first NCAA tournament berth with a 55-42 victory over Morgan State (18-13) in Raleigh, N.C. The second-seeded Hornets (20-12), will bring a seven-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament.

Northeast - Chinata Nesbit scored 28 points and Surgeiry Monsac added 21 points to lead Robert Morris to a 68-66 win over Sacred Heart in Coraopolis, Pa., giving the Colonials their first NCAA tournament bid. Second-seeded Robert Morris (24-7) was forced to rally against third-seeded Sacred Heart (22-10), which was the defending champion.

Big South - Amanda Elder scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and UNC Asheville qualified for its first NCAA tournament with a 67-57 win over Radford (20-11) in Asheville, N.C. The Bulldogs (21-11) secured their first NCAA bid 21 years after the school moved to Division I and four years after a 3-25 season.

Atlantic Sun - Alysha Clark scored 11 of her 22 points in the final five minutes, helping Belmont beat East Tennessee State, 69-57, in Dothan, Ala. With the win, Belmont (25-6) earned its first appearance in the NCAA tournament and sent East Tennessee State (20-11) to the WNIT.

Southland - Terra Wallace scored 22 points and Tiffeny Riles had 14 points to help Texas-Arlington (24-8) earn its second NCAA tournament berth in three seasons by beating Stephen F. Austin, 68-47, in Houston. The Ladyjacks (21-11) were trying to win the league tourney for the 16th time in 21 seasons.

Western Athletic - Tasha Harris scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half and top-seed Boise State (24-8) found enough offense to beat New Mexico State, 49-46, in Las Cruces, N.M. New Mexico State (13-18) fell short in its bid to pull off another upset.

Mountain West - Tournament MVP Dionne Marsh scored 20 points and rescued New Mexico from a second-half collapse, leading the Lobos past Brigham Young, 63-49, in Las Vegas. The Lobos (23-8) earned a sixth straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Cougars (23-9) have reached the title game six times in the tournament's eight-year history but won it just once, in 2002.

Southwestern Athletic - Candice Thomas scored 26 points to lead Prairie View A&M to a 68-62 win over Jackson State (22-10) in Birmingham, Ala. The Panthers (19-13), which never had a winning record before this season, advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Big West - Seyram Gbewonyo made a jumper with 17.6 seconds to play to give UC Riverside (21-10) a 70-67 victory over UC Santa Barbara (17-3) in Anaheim, Calif., and head back to the NCAA tournament for a second straight season.

In the region

Southern Connecticut 68, Holy Family 51 - Kate Lynch and Shamika Jackson each scored 16 points as Southern Connecticut State (30-2) defeated Holy Family (29-3) in the second round of the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional in New Haven. The Owls will face Bentley, a 69-61 winner over Pace in the other semifinal.

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This article contains information from staff and wire reports.