University of Maine’s Anne Simon was named the America East Player of the Week. Morning Sentinel photo by Michael G. Seamans

University of Maine guard Anne Simon was named the America East women’s basketball player of the week after helping the Black Bears win their regular-season finale.

Simon, who was the America East Rookie of the Year last season, had 21 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Black Bears’ 82-53 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.

The Black Bears (16-2, 13-2 America East) are off until the conference semifinals on March 7.

(8) MARYLAND 111, IOWA 93: Senior Katie Benzan broke her school record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead host Maryland (17-2, 13-1 Big Ten) over Iowa (12-7, 8-7).

Hawkeyes freshman Caitlin Clark was equally impressive and made nine shots from beyond the arc, one shy of a program record, and scored 29 of her 34 points in the first half.

Clark has scored 30 or more points nine times, the most in NCAA women’s basketball.

The Terrapins’ 68 first-half points were the most scored in Big Ten history.


(2) BAYLOR 77, IOWA STATE 72: Adam Flagler scored a season-high 22 points, Jared Butler had 15 of his 18 points after halftime and host Baylor (18-0, 10-0 Big 12) finally overcame the rust of a three-week break to beat Iowa State (2-17, 0-14).

The Bears played for the first time since an 83-69 win at then-No. 6 Texas on Feb. 2. They then had six consecutive games postponed because of COVID-19 issues in the program, and hadn’t even had another full practice until Sunday.

MICHIGAN STATE 81, (5) ILLINOIS 72: Aaron Henry scored 20 points and Joshua Langford had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State (12-9, 6-9 Big Ten)  over visiting Illinois (16-6, 12-4).

The Spartans earned a desperately needed quality win to bolster their chances of playing in 23 straight NCAA Tournaments.

KANSAS STATE 62, (7) OKLAHOMA 57: Mike McGuirl scored 19 points, hitting three straight 3’s in the final minutes, and host Kansas State (7-18, 3-13 Big 12)  took down Oklahoma (14-6, 9-5).

The Sooners led by six with three minutes to play, before McGuirl took over. He hit the three 3s and Kansas State took a 3-point lead. The Wildcats didn’t lose the lead after that point.

(8) VILLANOVA 81, ST. JOHN’s 58: Caleb Daniels scored 17 points, and Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels each had 14 to lead host Villanova (15-3, 10-2 Big East) over St. John’s (14-9, 8-9).

(10) WEST VIRGINIA 74, TCU 66:  Taz Sherman scored 23 points, Derek Culver had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and West Virginia (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) continued its solid play on the road by beating TCU (11-10, 4-8).

West Virginia’s three-game Texas trip this week was cut short when the Big 12 announced earlier Tuesday that Thursday’s game between the Mountaineers and No. 2 Baylor was canceled. West Virginia now will return home to finish the regular season in its own arena with four games over eight days.

GEORGIA TECH 69, (16) VIRGINIA TECH 53: Moses Wright scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, helping visiting Georgia Tech (12-8, 8-6 ACC) pull away from Virginia Tech (14-5, 8-4).

Wright also grabbed 10 rebounds in the Yellow Jackets’ third straight victory. They also posted back-to-back ACC road wins for the first time since 2008.

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