Katie Hempen made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points and No. 21 Arizona State's defense keyed a 60-29 win over Hartford on Monday night for coach Charli Turner Thorne's 400th career victory.
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Shereesha Richards had 28 points, Imani Tate added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Albany beat injury-plagued Hartford 84-75 on Friday to win the America East Conference title and an NCAA berth.
No. 15 Penn State women hold off Hartford 70-56
Moriah Jefferson scored a career-high 17 points and top-ranked Connecticut began the defense of its eighth national title with an 89-34 rout of in-state rival Hartford on Saturday.
Albany (NY) 61, Hartford 52
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Once Maryland's offense got in gear, Hartford had trouble keeping pace. Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 9 Maryland cruise to a 72-40 victory over Hartford on Saturday.
Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 27 points and four teammates also scored in double figures as No. 2 Connecticut defeated Hartford 102-45 on Saturday.
Shenneika Smith recorded a double-double and No. 18 St. John's women pulled away from Hartford 66-54 Sunday in a nonconference matchup.
On a night when Baylor and Kentucky understandably hogged headlines, Hartford outlasted Marist in one of the nation's top mid-major rivalries.