Basketball

Arizona refused to be counted out until last shot

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Aari McDonald’s small shoulders carried Arizona through a rebuilding project to the brink of a national championship. Her last second shot couldn’t carry the Wildcats to the title as they fell 54-53 to Stanford in the final. But the program that has been routinely overlooked and was on the bottom of the Pac-12 just four years…

No. 11 UCLA beats ‘Bama 88-78 in OT to reach Elite Eight

Alabama forward Alex Reese (3) reacts to a play against UCLA in the first half of a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 17 points, hitting two big jumpers early in overtime, and No. 11 seed UCLA…

Troy women fall in heartbreaker to Texas A&M

AUSTIN, Texas – More. Than. Champions. That’s the mantra of the 2020-21 Troy Trojans women’s basketball program. Never was that mantra on display better than Monday night on national television (ESPN2) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Despite giving the No. 4 ranked and second seeded Texas A&M Aggies program everything they could handle for 40 minutes and…

Alabama State Women advance to SWAC Championship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | The top two seeds advanced through the 2021 Cricket Wireless Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament and will meet in the championship game live on ESPN3 Saturday afternoon. No. 2 seed Alabama State advanced with a 69-60 victory over No. 3 seed Southern in the semifinals behind 22 points from Jayla Crawford. Alabama State (16-3) used a 47.8…

No. 8 Alabama recovers from slow start to beat Georgia 89-79

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Herbert Jones had two baskets in a 9-0 run to open the second half that gave No. 8 Alabama the lead, and the SEC champion Crimson Tide beat Georgia 89-79. Jahvon Quinerly led five Alabama scorers in double figures with 18 points. John Petty Jr. had 15 and Jaden Shackelford finished with 14. Alabama matched its…

Pearl gets 600th win with Auburn’s victory in season finale

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Allen Flanigan scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Auburn pulled away late to beat Mississippi State 78-71 and give Bruce Pearl his 600th coaching victory in the Tigers’ season finale. Pearl is the 63rd coach in Division I history and the 21st active coach to reach 600 wins. Pearl’s record over…

Autaugaville finishes undefeated season with Championship

BIRMINGHAM – Autaugaville High School closed out the first boys’ basketball perfect season Friday night with a 38-34 victory over stubborn Belgreen in the Class 1A championship game of the 99th AHSAA State Basketball tournament. The victory wasn’t decided until junior guard Antonio Hardy sank two free throws with five seconds left to give the Eagles (30-0) a four -point…

Autaugaville advances to Championship game, Linden’s season ends

BIRMINGHAM – Autaugaville High School will get the chance to cap a perfect season after clinching a berth in the state finals Tuesday. The undefeated Eagles (29-0) downed Decatur Heritage 62-48 in Tuesday’s semifinals of the AHSAA Class 1A Boys’ State Basketball Championships at Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Autaugaville built a double-digit lead in the first quarter,…